Are you interested in helping out society and having all the latest technology at your disposal? If so an engineering job could be your thing.
It is hard to define what an engineering job involves as the idea of what engineers do has expanded so much over time. In essence to be an engineer is to create things to the benefit of society. They look at problems and issues people have and look at how to solve them. An example of this could be trying to develop more efficient public transport or better ways of producing medicines and vaccines.
Where do engineers work?
Engineering is an incredibly wide field which is incorporated into almost all industries. This can include working on airplanes. food, infrastructure, agriculture, electricity and more. In engineering you can expect to do a lot of hands on work as well as computer based work. Many engineers before they can build anything or tinker with machines have to first design or develop their ideas on CAD (Computer Aided Design) programs. No matter who you are you will probably find something you can enjoy in engineering. For this specialised job, depending on which area you take, you will usually have access to powerful design tools and be at the forefront of technological advancements.
How do I get into engineering?
To enter the field of engineering there are many different routes you can take such as non-graduate routes which include BTECs as well as intermediate or advanced apprenticeships which would require you to have GCSEs in maths and physics or chemistry. Routes also include university with around 2500 different engineering degree courses being offered. Higher and degree apprenticeships would also allow you to study a specific engineering field and be employed at the same time. Degree apprenticeships normally require you to have A-levels done in the appropriate fields.
The benefits of an engineering job
Engineering can be a rewarding career as many of its aspects benefit society such as developing prosthetics for disabled people or helping our environment by helping reduce pollution from cars and other machines. Engineers are often well respected as their duties often include helping people maintain a high standard of living and protecting public safety.
Engineering graduates earn £4000 more a year than the all-subject average. Engineering jobs such as civil or mechanical engineer earn between £42000 – £45000 compared to the average STEM* career which was £34000. Right now there is a very high demand for engineers as projections by the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research forecast that 186000 skilled entrants will be needed in engineering jobs annually through to 2024. Based on these estimations supply of engineers will fall short of demand by at least 20000 per year!
*(Science, technology, engineering and maths)