Career Details

Research Engineer

Career Overview

Research engineers do research to find the best methods to improve technologies or procedures for completing technical projects within an organization.


A four-year bachelor's degree in engineering is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$54,000 /yr
$71,000 /yr
$98,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. Opportunities will be more readily available to individuals who stay up to date with advances in technology.

Jobs: Check Available Jobs!

Work Environment

Research engineers generally work between an office and laboratory setting. They may also need to conduct site inspections as part of their research.


Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada