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Agricultural engineers consult in a field setting. Learn about engineering jobs at: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/about-bae/jobs/ Biological Engineers with a concentration in agriculture could become consultants for farming enterprises or agricultural commodities suppliers. Some may mitigate land and water rights or provide expert witness testimony.

a nation of NCSU engineers. Learn about engineering jobs at: http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/about-bae/jobs/

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Below are some reasons why engineering wages vary:

  1. Job location
  2. Years of experience
  3. Areas of expertise
  4. Amount of travel
  5. Academic record
  6. Types of additional certifications like a PE
  7. Prior co-op or industry related experience
  8. The employing businesses' particular needs

About Jobs for Biological Engineers

Job opportunities and careers for biological engineers involve areas of agriculture, bioprocesses and the environment. This kind of engineering may demand a combination of indoor and outdoor work. Engineering jobs may require product design and development, plant engineering and management, engineering consulting, and design of systems working with biological, natural resources and the environment. Jobs can be found in the private sector, research, teaching and government sectors.

Agricultural and environmental technology graduates are typically employed in jobs that involve the application, implementation and management of engineering designs, conservation and utilization of natural resources, agricultural production systems, water and animal waste management, structures and environmental controls, and agribusiness management. The mean wage is about 45,000 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Engineering Pay

Engineers are generally well paid and respected. The salary spread for all U.S. engineering disciplines range from $49,000 to $125,000. The wage median is $71,000 for engineers which is also representative of biological agricultural engineers. In general biological agricultural engineer wages are comparable if not a little higher than that of a civil engineers. In general engineering majors continue to earn top salaries in the overall job market.

Information on wages can be found at:

  • NCSU Career Services
  • Some engineering organizations also provide data.
  • An entry-level biological engineer might start their career see U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also see Agricultural Engineers and Civil Engineers. The main factors considered by employers of entry-level candidates are based on academic record and/or prior industry experience, Co-op, internship, and summer research experience.
  • Those with masters' degrees could start at the high end of the starting salary for engineers.
  • Wages for biological engineers who specialize in high-risk hazardous waste management might find that positions of this variety could earn from $69,000 to $90,000.
  • An environmental compliance engineer whose focus is on legal issues might earn $78,000 to $98,000.

Note: Many of our graduates choose to continue to earn advanced degrees.

All biological and agricultural engineering degree programs may lead to jobs with private businesses, governmental agencies (county, state, and federal), or public utilities. Students learn while participating in hands-on research projects overseen by faculty and extension personnel.

If you think you might be interested in becoming a biological and agricultural engineer or technician and would like more information please see the Bio&Ag Future Undergraduate page or Undergraduate Program information.

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