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Wed Aug 31 18:07:54 SAST 2016

Engineer a top salary

Aphiwe Deklerk | 15 January, 2016 00:41
Nuclear engineering. File photo
Image by: MANSI THAPLIYAL / REUTERS

Looking for a job that pays well? Get an engineering degree and wait for the bucks to roll in.

Research by US-based career and job website PayScale has found that engineers earn the highest salaries.

People with degrees in engineering, computer science and maths had the highest - up to $168000 (R2.7-million) per year for those with 10 years' experience, or a starting salary of up to $101000 (R1.7-million) for highly qualified engineering graduates.

The research included data for South Africa.

Sylvia Thomaides, a director at specialist recruitment company TriCruit, said because of Eskom's power station projects and the country's water situation, engineers were likely to be top earners for the next 10 years.

"From a middle management position, let's say you look at a minimum of R650 000 to R750 000 per annum and for a senior level you are looking at R3-million to R3.5-million," she said.

PayScale's top 10 Bachelor's degrees, based on earning potential:

1.Petroleum engineering

2.Nuclear engineering

3.Actuarial mathematics

4.Chemical engineering

5.Electronic and communications engineering

6.Computer science and engineering

7.Electrical and computer engineering

8. Systems engineering

9.Aeronautical engineering

10.Mining engineering

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