Boom in demand for engineering courses from international students
14 Feb 2018
More than one in five international students in the United States is studying engineering reveals recent research.
Of 1,078,822 international scholars in America during 2016/17, some 230,711 or 21% were on engineering programmes, says the site MastersDegree.net.
This figure represents a 6.4% year on year rise in the number of engineers. In 2015/16 there were 216,932 enrolled on engineering courses.
Within individual nations the percentage is higher still. During 2016/17 some 53% of Iranian students in the USA were on engineering courses as well as 25% of Turkish scholars.
The website also reveals that Engineering Management is the Master’s degree that produces the highest paying subsequent salary. Average annual earnings in 2014 were $134,730, with job prospects in the sector predicted to grow 2% annually over a decade.
In the UK the Higher Education Statistics Agency recorded that, during 2015/16, 32.5% of those studying engineering and technology were international students – a proportion exceeded only by those on business and administrative studies courses.