Engineer vs. Football Player

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Date: February 12, 2017

LEDE: Now that football’s over for the season, are you missing it? Maybe even dreaming of becoming a pro football player yourself and raking in the big bucks?

Randy Atkins:  Football players are famous for their athletic ability…and their sizable paychecks. But Chris Bolte, CEO of career advisor Paysa, says their research shows pursuing an engineering career will likely have more long-term payoff.

Chris Bolte: We essentially looked at, on the sports side, the proportion of people that make it from college to pros, what average salaries were. Then we split the tables and did the same thing with engineering degrees.

Randy Atkins: Bolte says engineers have a much better chance of raking in millions, and he says 97-percent of engineering grads find a job after college.

Chris Bolte: Maybe we could just help nudge an engineering career more into the forefront of people’s minds by comparing it to something that does have a high profile, like an athlete.

Randy Atkins: The Paysa study also says over half a million U.S. jobs in technology remain open.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.