Mississippi industries have a big demand for workers with engineering degrees, a fact that puts graduates from engineering schools in the state in a good position to land jobs that earn far above the state’s average salaries. David Puleo Chris Winstead The largest engineering school is the state is the Bagley College of Engineering at Mississippi State University (MSU), which had had 4,715 students in the fall 2018 semester.

“Although it is a large college, ranking in the top 50 for undergraduate enrollment as reported by the American Society of Engineering Education, we deliver a student-focused, hands-on curriculum that prepares our students to hit the ground running for successful careers in industry, graduate school, medical school, law school, or veterinary school,” said Bagley College of Engineering Dean Dr. Jason Keith. “We have two dozen student competition teams that have won numerous awards, including the EcoCAR mobility challenge, Space Cowboys rocket team, NASA Robotic Mining Team, and the Concrete Canoe.”

The Bagley College of Engineering works closely with the Office of Research and Economic Development and the Mississippi Development Authority to recruit strong companies to locate their facilities in Mississippi. This brings engineering jobs, and a large number of other skilled labor jobs, into the state. Keith said this helps the economic competitiveness of the state compared with its peers not only in the Southeast, but also in the nation.

“Companies that hire large cohorts from Mississippi State University in engineering include International Paper, Chevron, Southern Company, ExxonMobil, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” Keith said. “The starting salary of our graduates from MSU Engineering is nearly $70,000, and some graduates who enter the oil and gas industry can be hired at salaries exceeding $100,000 per year.”

Quite a few different types of engineering degrees are offered. Keith said that is because engineering jobs require specific specializations.

“Over the past several decades, new engineering disciplines have been born to address the needs of industry,” he said. “And all of these degrees attract a large number of students. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, our faculty remain on the leading edge of research in their […]

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