Top Paying Engineering Professions

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Now that you are all done with your 1st NET and taking your final examinations. Soon you will be free of these exams too and would be actively applying to different universities. While this time is usually devoted to re-revising and preparing for the entrance tests, selection of the right field of study and career line is, sadly, often suppressed.  In this article, I shall be drawing comparison amongst different engineering disciplines (although I have a little knowledge of medicine and surgery but I prefer not to go there) and what sort of jobs you can expect after completing those degrees.

Let’s make a list of engineering degrees being offered in Pakistan first:

  • Electrical
  • Telecom
  • Software
  • IT/ Computer Hardware
  • Mechanical
  • Chemical
  • Petroleum
  • Environmental


Electrical: What was thought to be an “elite degree” (yes I am being racist) has actually suffered a lot of degradation, thanks to prevailing situation of electricity in our country. Every industry requires electricity to drive its machines. So, every company, depending on its size would require electrical engineers. Job description of these engineers typically encompasses regular check up of machines and reporting if a fault occurs. If the fault is of minor nature then they may be expected to rectify it. Tough job routines and on-site work coupled with relatively low starting salary make these jobs ideal for really dedicated and hard-working engineers who are willing to work their way to the top.

Telecom: Well not being racist here, but job description of telecom engineers differs from pure electrical engineers. In the words of my former professor: an electrical engineer looks after the requirements (power and energy ) of a signal while a telecom engineer ensures that it is recoverable when it reaches the destination. So, typical jobs for telecom engineers are operators where they are required to ensure smooth functioning and report the faulty equipment. Or the vendors where they are selling equipment or providing services to those operators. Again harsh outdoor working conditions and definitely the lowest pays and not to mention the dwindling market predictions. But hey, silver lining! Hopefully, by the end of your four year degree 3G will be rolled out and then you’ll have more job opportunities.

Software: The degree in demand! Highly in demand. Be it app development or traditional software development, you require a degree majoring in computer science. Also, quality assurance is an often overlooked and overshadowed job, which in my humble opinion holds much knowledge than development. So, if you are for a white collar desk job sitting in an air conditioned office, here is your chance. But a word of caution, this market which requires a lot of engineers right now might now be having same demand after 4 years. So, choose wisely!

IT/ Computer Hardware: This one is interesting. Although usually an indoor working setup it requires the incumbent to get his hands dirty with the machines all the time. But hey, nothing is free of cost. They pay you more than normal software job and you also enjoy the luxury of working in an office.

Mechanical: And again we are back on field! Where there is electricity, there are machines. So, does electrical and mechanical engineers. They both work hand in hand, providing an industry foot to stand on.

Chemical: The only thing I know certainly about this that these are located far far away! No kidding, chemical plants are mostly located outside the cities and you might be required to travel a lot. Action packed and fun filled, that is the job description. Usually, jobs are at pharmaceutical companies and chemical manufactures. Caution, these jobs might have slight health issues affiliated with them.

Petroleum: How does petroleum differs from chemical? Well, chemical is generic and petroleum is specific. Also, petroleum based companies are located at a long distance from urban areas all the times. So, basically an outdoor on site job with a good pay but without the benefit of having frequent trips to your hometown. However, the fact remains this is a field which is always in demand and pays you in gold – black gold.

Environmental: Aaah! The emerging trend of caring for Mother Nature and giving back to earth has led to rise of environmental engineering. The interesting fact is that such jobs can either be located on a sunny oil pant as well as temperature controlled multi-story skyscraper. Basic job description is to review the processes of a company and ensure the lay within the accepted ranges of environment safety, be it carbon emissions or safety of workers.

Here is a tabulated version of all I said earlier:

Degrees Typical Jobs Starting Salary Range (Thousand PKR)
Electrical Electrical manufactures 25-30
Telecom Vendors, Operators 25-30
Software QA, Dev, App 30-35
IT/ Computer Hardware Networking 28-32
Mechanical Operations, industry 25-30
Chemical Fertilizers, Pharmaceuticals 28-30
Petroleum Petro chemicals, Oil fields 40-45
Environmental HSE 28-32

So, what’s the conclusion? Well, there is no conclusion, to be honest. You can ponder over your decision a thousand times and yet you may feel that it was not the right move. So, whatever you decide upon, ensure that you do learn your lessons.

Good luck for those who are choosing a degree!

And DO share your experience in comments below! 🙂

Muneeb Khan

Previously a pro-active student at campus, I am now thriving as a marketing executive. Other than doing some nerdy stuff at job I also write articles and dispense professional advice. You can drop me a line at my personal e-mail any time: muneeb_ngf [at] yahoo [dot] com

46 Comments to Top Paying Engineering Professions

    • What do you want to know more about software engineering?
      It’s course or its practical application, or job market?

  1. Hamza Shams

    Don’t quite agree with this salary review. It totally depends on your particular placement. Starting salaries in Softwares can be way higher than listed here and so can in other fields, even if you pick a ‘mathar’ company for that matter.

  2. get some air manh…probably an elec engineer is jobless where in parallel some env. engineer may be working for global environment sustainability project of UN,,all depends upon your competency and potential in field you r working for.
    P.S Civil kahan hai??? =D

  3. Muhammad Khalid

    petroleum b 2 universities mein ho rahi hai. aero b 2 mein ho rahi hai??
    why discrimination.. elite engineering….stating salary is more than 60k in pak…
    dont crap peoples’ minds

    • saad masood

      bhai mae na petroleum engineering karni hai mae koon se niversity sa karoon aur aga is ki demands kaya han?
      ya mae chemical engineering karoon dono mae sa koon se zaida achi hai?
      aur software engineering ka bara mae bhi outline dain
      mera merit chemical engineering ka leya shaid hi bann raha hai mera intrest chemical mae hi hai but merit nai bann raha to mae ab kaya karoon?
      please help me reply as soon as possible

  4. I’m really interested in bio-medical engineering, but sadly it was not included in the list.
    Can anyone tell me about it’s scope, and what kind of jobs there are for them in Pakistan?

    • That is a combination of Biology and and certain Engineering fields like Electrical, Software and Mechanical.
      If you would to pursue it, it would be an arduous but a rewarding path. Although it’s future has dwindled a little bit due to uproar of cloning and recent developments in Big data, there is still a promising future for research in bio-engineering, The Hunger Games is a living proof of that.
      Suggested path would be doing an engineering major in any of the mentioned fields and minor in Biology.

  5. Oh! It has a limited scope in Pakistan. Currently robotics and immunology are being pursued as research fields but separately. There merger is likely to be in the next decade.

  6. What Engineering is best for Girls . Please describe as per scope in local Job Market and Overseas

  7. What about Materials Engineering(Nanotechnology) ? not only for job in Pakistan,what about its scope all around the world???

  8. Does Software have the same scope as it had two years back? I heard that it is useful if you go outside Pakistan, but it has no scope inside Pakistan. Plus it has become very saturated. Is it a highly paying job or not? And is it better than Electrical Engineering? (Both Scope wise and Salary wise).

    • Muneeb Khan

      Software industry in Pakistan has seen a surge in past years. Multiple universities have established Software Engineering/Computer Science degree programs to meet the need of industry. Software houses has witnessed a mushroom growth in Pakistan. It is being saturated but it still has some potential.

      I would definitely say no to Electrical Engineering as it is far more saturated than Software. Most of the Electrical engineers switch to a Software-industry based job these days.

  9. Material Eng ka Pak me kya scope he and All around the world kya demand he? kindly can you describe me the material eng?

  10. sanjay kumar

    Muneeb khan environmental engineering kese hai and is ka scope kesa hai and kia app mujhe is field ke bare thora or bata sakte ho..
    Bro agar hum civil and environmental engineering ko compare kare to kose field achi hai world wide..

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