March Madness - Which Colleges Have the Most Engineering Graduates?

The NCAA's March Madness tournament is underway today. While college and universities around the country compete to see who has the best basketball team, we thought we'd pair up schools weekly to find out who has the biggest candidate pools for particular fields, based on WANTED Analytics data.

Today we're looking at demand for Engineers and which colleges and universities have the largest number of graduating engineering candidates.

Good news. While engineering jobs are considered hard-to-fill, about 100,250 candidates graduated in the past year with degrees in engineering at colleges and universities throughout the US.

We can expect about that many engineering graduates to also enter the US workforce this year. Most engineering graduates possess a Bachelor's degree, while 3% have an Associates, 21% a Master's, and 3.5% a Doctorate.

National Graduating Engineering Candidate Supply by Program and Education Level

Total Engineer Graduate Supply

Mechanical engineering has the most graduates, followed by civil and electrical engineering. This is somewhat on par with national demand. Below is the breakdown of demand by specific engineering occupation as of February 2014.

Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs

Most In-Demand Engineering Jobs

In February, Industrial Engineers had the most job ads posted online, about 81,500. The graduate supply doesn't show an industrial engineering program as having the most candidates. Instead mechanical engineering has the highest number of graduates. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Industrial Engineers need degrees in mechanical, manufacturing, industrial, or general engineering. Given that information, the graduate supply matches current engineering demand.

Now that we have an idea of the graduate candidate supply and the labor market, which school wins in terms of having the largest candidate supply? Georgia Institute of Technology, North Carolina State University, Penn State University, and University of Michigan are among the "final 4" for having the most engineering graduate candidates. The Wolverines (University of Michigan) came in 4th with 1,582 engineering candidates. U of M was edged out by The Nittany Lions (Penn State) by 22 candidates, a total of 1,604. For the Championship win, The Yellow Jackets (Georgia Institute of Technology) pulled ahead with 2,210 engineering graduates, leaving behind The Wolfpack (North Caroline State University) with 1,671 graduates.

Colleges with the Largest Graduating Engineering Candidate Supplies

Colleges and Universities with the Largest Engineering Graduate Supplies

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Comment by Keith D. Halperin on March 20, 2014 at 3:54pm

Excellent info, Ashley. Do you have any further info on percentage of U.S. eng.grads who're foreign-born?



Comment by Ashley Zito Rowe on March 20, 2014 at 3:58pm

Thanks Keith! I can report on the ethnic breakdown, but not the country of origin. Would you like that info?

Comment by Keith D. Halperin on March 20, 2014 at 4:04pm

Thank you. I'd appreciate that.


Comment by Ashley Zito Rowe on March 20, 2014 at 4:52pm

Below is a gender and ethnic breakdown of the graduating engineering candidate supply throughout the US. The category with the largest number of candidates is Caucasian men, followed by Caucasian women. The 3rd largest ethnic/gender group is Asian men.

Comment by Keith D. Halperin on March 20, 2014 at 6:04pm

Interesting. Much appreciated. 

Do you have any figures on how many EL eng. openings were there during this same period?


Comment by Ashley Zito Rowe on March 21, 2014 at 10:18am

Hey Keith, According to our data there were about 27,250 openings for Electrical Engineers in February 2014. Do you need a different time period or any other data?


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