Earning a college degree is serious business. After all, it’s your future. If you’re still deciding on a college major, you may want to consider a career that is STEM-related. According to the latest findings from Indeed, engineering degrees are topping the list as among the most valuable in 2021, since they pave the way to steady employment and higher levels of income.

This month, we break down the numbers and discuss how Vaughn College’s industry-focused engineering and technology degrees can set you on a clear path to a futureproof career.

Breaking down the numbers

To determine the findings in this study, Indeed examined 25 of the most useful college majors based on post-graduate employment and median annual wage as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Indeed goes on to define a “useful major” as one that will not only land you a paying job after college but also provide stability in a field that has low unemployment rates, high income and no need for further education.

Engineering and STEM majors top the list

An impressive showing revealed that engineering degrees claimed nine of the 25 majors, with math, science and technology ranking a close second. Interestingly, political science and business management and administration rounded out the lot. An even more impressive finding is how STEM majors held 19 spots among the 25 majors, with biomedical engineering taking the top place.

Engineering degrees rank in the top 10

Engineering graduates from Vaughn College are in high demand, and for good reason. The proof is in the numbers, as Indeed’s findings revealed that degrees in computer engineering, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering ranked among the most valuable college majors. And Vaughn’s leading-edge degree in mechatronic engineering—which combines the disciplines of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering—is proving to be a real game changer as our graduates are securing jobs in today’s most in-demand and sought-after fields. Vaughn’s world-class engineering degrees are more than just diplomas; they are pathways to a variety of industries that play critical roles in defining today’s modern life and society.

Read our blog, “Tips for Young Engineers—Vaughn Professor Draws from Years of Experience,” for great advice and tips on how young engineers can become top contenders in today’s hottest engineering market.

Accreditation counts

Part of Vaughn’s dedication to giving students the education and tools they need is ensuring that its engineering programs are accredited. The College’s general engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Technology Accreditation Commission (ETAC) of ABET (abet.org). Were you aware that the College’s mechatronic engineering program is one of only four mechatronic programs in the country that is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET? This distinction signifies the rigor of the program and reflects Vaughn’s dedication of giving students the education and tools they need to have successful careers in the field of engineering.

Becoming “the future you”

Vaughn graduates leave with more than just degrees. They leave with exciting, in-demand careers. We call it being futureproof. And we guarantee it. Did you know that 88 percent of Vaughn graduates—75 percent in their fields of study—are employed or continue their education within one year of graduation?* At Vaughn College, our graduates have a competitive edge to obtain jobs in the hottest markets in the engineering industry. To see where some of our engineering graduates have landed, check out these student profiles and lists of employers. You can also read the success stories of Atif Saeed ’20, mechatronic engineering major and Joan Cruz ’20, mechanical engineering major, who are both now employed as engineers at SpaceX.

You can also read about how the demand for engineers and technologists is increasing—now, more than ever—in our blog, “Demand for Engineers and Technologists Surge Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic.”

Do you have a passion for a STEM-focused career? Discover the possibilities that an engineering and technology degree from Vaughn can bring you. Apply today!


*Outcomes include data within one year of graduation for graduates who reported via survey. There were a total of 237 graduates in 2020. 178 reported an outcome for a 75% response rate. The 2020 graduate class includes September 2019, December 2019 and May 2020 graduates.