I am working on a MS related reference book and while exploring the most common reasons why engineers pursue graduate studies, the answer came out to be this.
The most lucrative thing about studying in USA is the ability to work afterwards without much difficulty. If you study from a Top 50 school, you have a pretty good chance of landing a job. But many aspirants wonder how much? And if it justifies the higher cost of study.
So, I would like to share this data on average starting salaries for engineering students taken from Michigan Tech College of Engineering –
As per this: “Year after year, engineering tops the list of majors with the highest average starting salary. The bottom line: It is well worth the time and effort it takes to become an engineer.“
What’s more? I talked to some professionals who recruit engineers for their companies and when I asked hows the recruitment scenario, I got a unanimous reply – a resounding ‘it is a good time for engineers as lot of career opportunities are floating around and we have more positions than qualified candidates’.
So, if you are on fence about whether to join a graduate school in US or not, this is your answer. The market is back in shape (at least for engineers) and it was never more lucrative to earn in dollars.