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13. Specialized Engineer
Median Salary: $79,996.80
Change in Salary (2008–2014): +14%
Total Employees: 17,900
Change in Employees (2008–2014): +50%
Not electrical, not software, not mechanical—these are the “other” engineers, encompassing a wide array of disciplines that non-engineers seldom even know are disciplines. That can mean doing work in biomechanics, textiles, or marine fields such as naval architects, who design ships and offshore oil platforms. This is a relatively small field with many highly specialized sub-categories, so qualified candidates can find themselves in demand, and—particularly in the marine engineering field—the job market is global in scope.