Career Options

Careers for Engineering Graduates

  • Civil Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Laser Technician
  • Structural Engineer
  • Computer Imaging Technologist
  • Consultant
  • Aerospace Engineer
  • Nuclear Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineer

Starting Salary*

An engineering major’s typical starting salary is $50,615. The typical salary after 10–19 years is $92,611.

*Note: Salary information is provided for general reference only. APU does not guarantee the accuracy of the figures listed, and cannot predict or promise a specific salary for any graduate. For the most current salary estimates, please visit

Internship and Graduate School Opportunities

About 20–30 percent of our students become involved in internships either at APU or off campus with technical industries such as the Orange County Road Department, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA), or Northrop Grumman Industries. Students can also participate in cutting-edge, original research projects with APU faculty who are active in this field. Because this is a preparatory program, virtually all pre-engineering graduates go on to graduate programs at other schools.

Note: This information is current for the 2015-16 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.