As IT jobs continues creep out of stagnation, the largest threat to growth has been the IT skills gap; employers and recruiters have been on the hunt to fill engineering positions with talented IT professionals and have been coming up empty-handed. To help meet this demand, many are turning to academia, with a call to universities to bolster their programs to address the needs of the IT world. But, some schools are better than others at preparing students for real-world IT and setting them up for solid earning potential. As such, Payscale, the compensation and performance metrics tracker, recently released its report on the "Top Engineering Schools by Salary Potential," spotlighting science, engineering and technology-focused schools that produce engineering undergraduates with high-earning potential. Here's a look at not only PayScale's school rankings by salary but also information about tuition and the engineering and continuing education programs, where applicable. So, if you're thinking about engineering school, either as a new career or for continuing education, the following 10 schools are known for their return on investment.