Software Rated Best Engineering Job

Susan Hall

Demand for software engineers propels that career to the top of a lot of different "best-job" lists, what with the high salaries, cool factor, snazzy workplaces and all kinds of perks. So it comes as no surprise that software engineers topped a list of the best engineering and IT positions from job site

Said Tony Lee, publisher of

Software engineers are the rock stars of today’s working world, and even computer systems analysts and web developers can share in that  recognition, since the demand for IT pros is so deep.

The report looked at criteria such as work environment, hiring demand, average compensation, stress levels, long-term career outlook and physical effort required on the job. And the winners are ...

  1. Software engineer, $90,000
  2. Computer systems analyst, $78,000
  3. Web developer, $75,000
  4. Petroleum engineer, $114,000
  5. Civil engineer, $77,000
  6. Computer programmer, $71,000
  7. Technical writer, $63,000
  8. Nuclear engineer, $99,000
  9. Aerospace engineer, $97,000
  10. Mechanical engineer,  $78,000
  11. Electrical engineer, $87,000
  12. Industrial designer, $76,000


While the total number of new engineering grads has fallen 11 percent since the early 1990s, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, computer science is on the upswing in popularity. It's now the No. 1 major at Stanford and UC-Berkeley is seeing a similar trend.

A report by the Higher Education Commission of New Hampshire suggests that the difficult job market is driving students to job-oriented degrees such as engineering and health care, reports the Nashua Telegraph. It says that though the number of engineering grads remains small, it's growing at a faster rate than any other major.

But a study from CareerBuilder suggests employers be prepared to show them the money, according to Business Insider. In a poll of nearly 6,000 people overall, 48 percent of people in IT said that they need to make six figures in order to feel successful, compared with 38 percent in sales and 37 percent in finance who said so. CareerBuilder said only 10 percent of respondents across all sectors put that price on success. Meanwhile, 49 percent of workers said they have not had a merit increase since 2010.

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Aug 15, 2012 7:04 PM Jay Jay  says:
Hi Susan, Superb blog with great stats of the current work environment and earning potentials. Keep up the good work Jay Reply
Apr 29, 2013 6:49 AM a Computer Engineer a Computer Engineer  says:
undoubtedly Software engineer is the best job in 2012 and maybe 2013 Reply

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