There are a wide variety of entry-level jobs in mechanical engineering. If you have a relevant degree, you could become an engineer who designs mechanical devices, such as tools, engine or motor parts, or various machines. Or, if you’re more interested in applying the work done in the creative and planning processes, you could become a developer. There are also people who take the designs and build them into actual devices, as well as people who test and troubleshoot various mechanical designs. If any of this type of work interests you, then you are likely a prime candidate for jobs in mechanical engineering.
It’s not really easy to describe what, exactly mechanical engineering entry-level jobs are like; they vary from one position to the next. Some professionals might work behind a computer in your standard, everyday office. Others are out in the field, actually designing and/or troubleshooting various pieces of equipment. You will also find mechanical engineers conducting real-world research on products, working in laboratories, and more. Where you will work and what you will do all depends on the type of mechanical engineering jobs you go after.
No matter where or how you work, however, you should expect a fairly comfortable salary and decent job stability as well. As of 2010, mechanical engineers made an average salary of $78,160 per year. Furthermore, back in 2010, there were an impressive 243,200 jobs to be had and opportunities are still expected to grow—research shows there should be about a 9% growth in available positions by 2020.