To date, we’ve asked 58 current and past engineering students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

There are thousands of majors available, and it can be overwhelming trying to choose one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a engineering degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a engineering degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are engineering students compared to other degrees?

Overall, engineering students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 2.7 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, engineering students rate their happiness similarly to students in Engineering, Civil Engineering and French Language.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to engineering

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Nutrition Science$48,823
Civil Engineering$95,944
Engineering$89,128
French Language$58,855
Hospitality Management$55,505
Civil Engineering and Related Studies$92,487

Let's break that down further.

Are engineering students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
64 ratings
5 stars
22%
4 stars
33%
3 stars
19%
2 stars
11%
1 stars
13%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
68 ratings
5 stars
28%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
16%
2 stars
10%
1 stars
16%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in engineering experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did engineering graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what engineering grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
68 ratings
5 stars
31%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
21%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
7%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were engineering students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
2.7 out of 5 stars
58 ratings
5 stars
10%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
22%
2 stars
14%
1 stars
26%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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