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Careers

Students in mechanical engineering have abundant career opportunities, even if they choose not to pursue advanced degrees.

Because of Stanford's position as a leading engineering university, as well as our strengths in product design and biomechanical engineering, our Bachelor's graduates are highly sought after by a variety of industries and are generally among the top earners.

With our emphasis on human-centered design as well as the multi-disciplinary nature of the curriculum and the University-wide initiative on sustainability, Stanford Mechanical Engineering is producing graduates with advanced skills to meet the coming needs of the industry.

High placement rate

A recent survey indicates that 100% of the undergraduate students who responded to the survey were able to secure a full-time job within one year of graduating. The pay ranges for recent graduates from the undergraduate program in Mechanical Engineering is between $60,000 and $98,000, with a median salary of $74,483.

Alumni who recently received their BS degrees report that they are working in research & development in industry, as consultants, hardware engineers, research assistants for the government, mechanical engineers and manufacturing engineers. Some companies mentioned include Lockheed Martin, Boston Consulting Group, Boeing, Acumen Medical and the NIH. Many also have decided to further their education with graduate studies.

Careers for students pursuing Master's Degrees

Students in the Mechanical Engineering master's programs generally wish to enter industry as practicing professionals, or to pursue doctoral studies. A recent survey indicates that newly graduated alumni with MS degrees are working as

  • Product Design Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Analysts, Consultants
  • Controls and Systems Engineers
  • R & D, and Robotics Engineers

The average salary for recent alumni of the MS program is $77,319.