Online Master of Science in Engineering Technology – Career Outlook

Today’s sustainable organizations need engineering technology leaders who can be adaptable in solving a wide variety of technical and management challenges. Purdue’s Master of Science in Engineering Technology (MSET) prepares graduates to meet this need by developing the skills required to apply new technologies to create enterprise-scalable solutions for business and industry.

The program covers essential knowledge for rapid-growing industries that include:

  • The global product engineering services market, which is expected to grow nearly 10% annually from 2016 through 2020.1
  • The cybersecurity market, which is poised for 10.6% annual growth from 2015 to 2021.2
  • Computer and information technology occupations, which are projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024.3

The online MSET is designed for professionals with at least three years of professional experience in engineering technology, engineering, information technology, science or business. It focuses on developing expertise in key areas such as cybersecurity, smart manufacturing and agile strategy that graduates need to advance their careers in industrial disciplines such as:

  • Manufacturing
  • Supply chain
  • Distribution
  • Quality control
  • Information technology
  • Marketing
  • Facilities management
  • Construction management
  • Field engineering and technical support

The program prepares graduates for a wide variety of leadership and advanced technical roles that build upon their current experience, including titles such as:

  • Facilities Manager/Director
  • Facilities Engineer
  • Facilities Planner
  • Sustainability Manager/Director
  • Manager, Information Technology Systems
  • Information Systems Manager
  • Information Systems Security Manager
  • IT Audit Manager
  • Quality Assurance Analyst/Manager
  • Network Administrator
  • Systems Analyst/administrator
  • Database Administrator
  • ERP Systems Administrator
  • Systems Automation Engineer – Manufacturing
  • Manufacturing Engineer
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Continuous Improvement Manager/Director
  • Distribution Manager/Director
  • Logistics Manager/Director
  • Supply Chain Manager/Director
  • Inventory & Production Control Manager
  • Materials Management Manager/Director
  • Quality Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Product Development Manager
  • Marketing Manager

Advance Your Future

The online MS in Engineering Technology degree program is designed to provide applicable skills that translate to real-world success in fast-growing, high-paying technology fields. Here are examples of median salaries for a sampling of representative roles this program prepares you for:

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary
Automotive Engineer$71,885**
Industrial Production Manager$93,940*
Operations Research Analyst$78,630*
Computer and Information Systems Managers$131,600*
Reliability Engineer$85,128**
Industrial Engineer$84,470*
Power Engineer$77,321**
Production Engineer$69,369**

*Bureau of Labor Statistics median salary data for 2015, accessed by job title at
**Information accessed by job title at on 2/1/2017

Prepare to Lead

Explore how Purdue’s online MS in Engineering Technology can prepare you for leadership and advancement in your engineering technology career. To learn more, call 877-497-5851 to speak to an admissions advisor or request more information.

In addition to the online degree program, Purdue also offers the program on campus in West Lafayette, Indiana.


1Global Product Engineering Services Market 2016-2020 report, accessed at

2Cyber Security Market by Solutions (IAM, Encryption, DLP, UTM, Antivirus/Antimalware, Firewall, IDS/IPS, Disaster Recovery), Services, Security Type, Deployment Mode, Organization Size, Vertical & Region - Global Forecast to 2021, accessed at

3 Bureau of Labor Statistics, accessed at