Build the Engineering Career You Deserve
Use Case Western Reserve University’s sterling reputation to your advantage.
Students enroll in online graduate programs at the Case School of Engineering for a variety of reasons. Some wish to study with our cutting-edge researchers and increase their technical knowledge and skills. Others want to change engineering careers.
What’s true for all of our students?
In addition to becoming more technically proficient in the engineering area of their choice, each student takes leadership-focused coursework designed to develop the team-building and business operations skills needed to earn promotions and advance at any company.
The Value of a CWRU Degree for Your Engineering Career
Over 30 percent of alumni who are employed report receiving a promotion (or higher level position at a new employer) within one to three years of graduation, and these promoted individuals experienced a salary increase of nearly 40 percent on average.1
Over 60 percent of alumni changed or expect to change their role function since beginning their engineering master’s program.1
Nearly 90 percent of alumni are able to use what they learned in the program in their current role.1
Explore Different Types of Engineering Jobs
Whether you love your job and want to advance into management at your company, or are looking to make a career switch to a different engineering field, it’s a good idea to be aware of your different career options as an engineer.
Engineering Management Jobs
Engineering managers and team leads keep engineering projects running smoothly. When you advance into a managerial role in engineering, you increase your level of day-to-day responsibility, your opportunity to impact a company’s bottom line and your earning potential.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual pay for engineers is $91,010.2 For an engineering manager, that median salary jumps by more than 50 percent to $140,760 per year.3
Biomedical Engineering Jobs
Biomedical engineering is No. 6 on Monster’s list of best-paying master’s degrees, with a median mid-career salary of $129,000 per year.4 Biomedical engineers contribute to products that hugely impact the quality of life of people all over the world. Biomedical engineers may work with clinicians to solve problems related to cancer, epilepsy, paralysis, stroke, cardiac arrhythmias and other health-related issues.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, top-paying industries for biomedical engineering jobs include:5
- Computer systems design and related services, $110,750 annual mean wage
- Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing, $108,010 annual mean wage
- Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing, $102,590 annual mean wage
- Management, scientific, and technical consulting services, $99,890 annual mean wage
- Employment services, $98,650 annual mean wage
Mechanical Engineering Jobs
U.S. News & World Report ranked mechanical engineer No. 3 on its list of best engineering jobs,6 and the median annual wage in 2018 was $87,370.7 Better yet, mechanical engineers with master’s degrees reported median wages between 9 and 13 percent higher than those who had a bachelor’s degree alone.8
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, top-paying industries for mechanical engineering jobs include:3
- Oil and gas extraction, $126,880 annual mean wage
- Waste treatment and disposal, $120,200 annual mean wage
- Remediation and other waste management services, $109,560 annual mean wage
- Petroleum and coal products manufacturing, $108,980 annual mean wage
- Spectator sports, $107,110 annual mean wage
Systems Engineering Jobs
In addition to technical proficiency, systems engineers need unparalleled communication skills. They are the glue that holds teams of engineers together and are paid accordingly. Systems engineering jobs pay an estimated average salary of $103,840 per year.9
Complex problems exist in every industry, and systems engineers step in to define stakeholder needs, develop holistic solutions and track progress. Systems engineers can find rewarding work in industries such as automotive, defense, information technology, energy, finance, health care and other fields.
Where Our Students Work
When you enroll in an online master’s program at the Case School of Engineering, you join students who work at the following companies and government organizations:
Career Resources at Case Western Reserve University
If you live near Case Western Reserve in Cleveland or plan to visit campus, we invite you to explore the Sears think[box]. This seven-story, 50,000-square-foot center for innovation and entrepreneurship houses a makerspace for prototyping ideas and a range of resources for entrepreneurs to develop business ideas and nonprofit organizations. This space is free and open to the public.
Stay in Touch
Once you graduate, we encourage you to stay connected to the Case Western Reserve community through the Alumni Association. Keep up with alumni news or join a local chapter to grow your Case Western Reserve network.
1. Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from alumni of the Case Western Reserve University School of Engineering online engineering masters programs from graduating cohorts between 2016-2018
2. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/engineers.htm
3. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from bls.gov/ooh/management/architectural-and-engineering-managers.htm
4. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from https://www.monster.com/career-advice/article/best-and-worst-paying-masters-degrees
5. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from bls.gov/oes/2017/may/oes172031.htm
6. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from money.usnews.com/careers/best-jobs/rankings/best-engineering-jobs
7. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes172141.htm
8. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from bls.gov/careeroutlook/2015/article/should-i-get-a-masters-degree.htm#STEM
9. Retrieved on May 15, 2019, from indeed.com/salaries/System-Engineer-Salaries