We know that the road to becoming an engineer can be a long one for students and new grads.
From trying to keep your grades up, to getting involved in the engineering community, to maintaining a social life, it can be hard to see the very bright light at the end of the tunnel.
To keep you on the right path, we compiled a list of the greatest things about a career as an engineer. From having some of the highest entry level salaries, to being able to work anywhere in the world, aspiring engineers have plenty of job perks to look forward to after a grueling undergrad.
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There are plenty of options
There are tons of different sectors in the engineering industry, which gives students a lot of options when choosing a career path. Some of your options include engineering work in the mechanical, software, biomedical, chemical, environmental and electrical fields.
With so many choices, it’s almost certain that you’ll find a sector that’s just right for you.
Engineers often times receive eggs-straordinary training, mentoring and on-boarding to ensure that they get started on the right foot.
With this foundation, it’s more likely that newly hired engineers will have the skills and resources needed to move up the ladder. Engineering companies will invest this type of effort into new graduates as they want to see them be successful, specifically within the company.
Location, location, location
Engineers can work everywhere and are needed everywhere! Take Beverly Bradley’s story for example.
Just about everywhere you look in the world there is a need and opportunity for engineers to be successful – they’re definitely not limited to one location.
The salary that comes with a career in engineering is a definite plus! Becoming an engineer takes a high level of skill and dedication, so it makes sense that an engineer’s salary reflects these commitments.
According to our 2013 engineering salary guide, new grads entering the industry are among some of the highest paid career hatchers – and it only goes up!
With industry expansion and an aging workforce, there’s no shortage of engineering jobs on the horizon.
There’s lots of competition, but if you put a solid effort into your job search and skill development there are meaningful career opportunities to be had at every turn.
Every day is different
Engineers are not professionals who always sit at a desk from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Engineers work in all different types of environments (e.g., cities, rural areas, offices, forests, mountains) and during all hours of the day, depending on the task at hand.
This not only makes the days go by faster, but also allows for variety, challenge, and diverse work opportunities.
Work benefits society
One of the best things about being an engineer is that your projects benefits societies around the globe. From medical advancements, to “green” revolutions, to implementing systems that keep communities safe, engineers develop innovations that are good for all of us.
Professional work environment
It’s mandatory for engineers to keep up-to-date with all types of training, regulations, education, memberships, and industry knowledge, so you know that they’re working to the highest professional and legal standards. After all, you don’t work in a typical office environment, so this type of diligence is crucial to keeping everyone safe.
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