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The Highest Paying Engineering Jobs in the U.S.

The Highest Paying Engineering Jobs in the U.S.

Engineers are the creators of our world. They design structures, systems and materials while keeping in mind safety regulations, budgets and practicality. While their job may be complex, it is also incredibly rewarding. This work requires a significant investment, both physical and intellectual. The world that we see now was created from the imaginations of engineers. And their ability to incarnate their ideas into visible and tangible forms deserves respect and has a very high value.The United States is home to many talented engineers and quite a few engineering positions earn high salaries. Below are the top paying engineering jobs in USA.

Aerospace Engineer, Level V

A level five Aerospace Engineer earns an average salary of $119,431. This is one of those rare jobs in US that actually does require rocket science. These individuals have a bachelor’s degree in aerospace and an average of eight years of experience. They are responsible for designing, testing and developing missiles, aircrafts and spaceships. In addition, astronauts’ lives depend on the quality of their work, as do reliable operation of missiles while they are in space. So, they must be well-versed in propulsion, aerodynamics and avionics. A senior Aerospace Engineer may supervise other engineers and have high-level responsibilities for military and/or civilian projects.

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Engineering Manager

Who better to manage engineers than an engineer himself? These individuals earn an average salary of $115,176 per year. Most hold at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering and will likely have nearly a decade of experience in the field. An engineering manager will oversee all aspects of engineering projects and be responsible for their implementation and qualitative performance. This includes management of the team, creation of the budget, creating the design specifications and analyzing results. They may supervise a team of at least 6 people and will have experience with business management.

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Materials Engineer, Level III

A level three Materials Engineer earns a median salary of $86,773. Most will hold a bachelor’s degree and have between four and six years of experience in the field. These individuals are the ones that look at how to improve materials and invent new ones. Most will pick one specialized material to work with, such as plastic or steel. They will use their knowledge to enhance the material or create a new one to give it a unique function. This is a lucrative sub-specialty of engineering and one that shows promising growth.

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Petroleum Drilling Engineer, Level I

It’s no big secret that fossil fuels run our world, and it should come as no surprise that those who design systems to extract oil and gas from the earth are paid handsomely for their services. A level one Petroleum Drilling Engineer will earn an average salary of $76,835 and hold a bachelor’s degree–preferably in petroleum engineering. These individuals create systems that extract the most petroleum in the most cost-efficient way. At the same time, they must adhere to the strict safety and environmental protection protocols set forth by local laws and regulations.

Chemical Engineer, Level II

A level two Chemical Engineer earns an average salary of $74,570. They hold a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and will have five years of experience. The primary goal of a Chemical Engineer is to figure out how to create more of a product using the least amount of raw materials and spending the least amount of money. They may use nanotechnology or they may rely on oxidation reactions to meet their goals.

Engineering is a job for inventors and people who have a good imagination. Each of the above positions in engineering requires higher education. But a bachelor’s degree and good grades for the period of studying is not to say that yesterday’s student will be a good engineer today. In order to take engineering job vacancies, which bring in high income, you need to learn many disciplines by yourself. First and foremost is having a good imagination, which always needs to be trained. Second is the quality of work, i.e. implementation and current incarnation of what was intended. And third is the love of your work. Without it, your work wouldn’t be seen and appreciated, and you won’t get any pleasure from it. So, get a good education, follow these guidelines and one of the above jobs will be yours.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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