Engineers use math and science to develop economical solutions to technical problems. They work to link scientific discoveries and commercial applications to meet the needs of consumers and the public at large. A bachelor's degree is a requirement for many entry-level jobs in engineering; however some research positions may require a graduate degree. Continuing education is also significant for engineers looking to boost their value to employers as technology evolves. Degrees are available in a number of specializations, including:
Every state in the U.S. requires certification for engineers who work directly with the public. Licensed engineers are called professional engineers (PEs). This licensure generally requires a degree from an ABET-accredited engineering program, 4 years of applicable work experience, and completion of a State examination. ABET is an acknowledged accreditor in the United States by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.