Engineering is one of those subjects that at first appears to be very practical and hands on. And indeed it is! But it also requires an awful lot of academic skill and technical knowledge too, which makes the engineering industry very lucrative indeed. Engineering should thus be regarded as a highly important and challenging subject to study, and one that if studied well, can lead to a good job with great remuneration potential.
Within the realms of the engineering industry, there are lots of different activities and skill areas that you can pursue, and not all of them actually require you to have solely studied Engineering at University. Jobs in fields such as research, development, design, manufacturing and operation of products and services are all available within the world of engineering. Having a solid academic background in these areas, or having undertaken study that allows you to demonstrate how you have these skills is the perfect way to get into the engineering industry. You’ll find that the jobs available within this field are intellectually stimulating, pressurised and challenging, delivery-focused and thus ultimately provide a real sense of satisfaction.
Another solid reason for studying Engineering is that the chances of you securing a job after University are high, as demand for good engineers is high in practically every country in the world. Indeed, unemployment amongst professional engineers, even during this time of recession, is lower than almost any other profession.
Furthermore, you don’t have to go on and pursue a role that is specifically in Engineering after the completion of your Engineering degree. Studying Engineering at University can lead to a vast number of career opportunities in other sectors and industries including; electrical, civil, marine, chemical, software design and implementation, systems, information, communication and manufacturing. Again, within each of these sectors, there are job opportunities in research, design, development and tests, as well as management, production, marketing and sales. And research shows that individuals with an academic background in Engineering seem to go on to be hugely successful. Indeed, professional engineers stand a better chance of becoming a chief executive than any other profession; they outnumber accountants by three to one!
Interestingly, securing a degree in Engineering seems to lead individuals towards higher and further education. There is a real trend in further education statistics that demonstrates that students with an undergraduate degree in Engineering appear to be successful in pursuing further education opportunities. So your student days don’t have to end at the completion of your degree. If you think that you fancy continuing with your educational study by pursuing a Masters Qualification or even a PhD, having an undergraduate degree in Engineering will set you up perfectly.
The world of engineering is exciting, fast-paced, moving and dynamic. New materials, technologies and processes are being developed all the time. Couple this with the increasing globalisation of engineering and the fact that there are always new markets on the horizon, and you’ll find that studying a degree in Engineering could take you anywhere in the world. How exciting!