Mechanical engineers may play a role in the design or construction of anything that moves, from tiny motorized devices to airplanes and rocket ships. Because mechanical engineering is such a broad field, graduates can look forward to diverse employment prospects and strong demand for their skills. A 2012 survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers placed mechanical engineering at number five on its list of the top 10 bachelor's degrees for 2013.
Mechanical engineers can also specialize in sub-disciplines ranging from biomedical to fluid/thermal sciences to materials. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, new technologies such as alternative energy sources and nanotechnology may drive much of the growth for mechanical engineers in coming years.
Additionally, many mechanical engineering careers offer highly competitive salaries, even to bachelor's degree holders. According to a 2011 report from Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, mechanical engineering majors had a median salary of $80,000, which ranked among the top salaries for all majors.