|Salary Growth (2010–2016):||+15%|
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These specialized engineers work in fields that wouldn’t be the first to come to mind—agriculture, textile, biomedicine, and so on. But the work is still typical of an engineer: managing processes, building equipment, supervising installation.
To be an engineer, you’ll need at least a bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, or even a master’s degree or PhD. After attaining a license from the province or territorial’s association of professional engineers, spend three or four years doing supervised work, pass a practical exam, and you’re golden.
Specialized engineers have a median salary of $85,000 and rising, but since this category includes several different disciplines there can be considerable variation.
While it’s hard to move between engineering fields in this particular group (you’re not going to see many biomedical engineers hop over to textiles), there is a lot of teamwork involving sales, science, and management, making it possible for engineers to move on to those areas later.