Six Reasons To Explore A Career In Engineering


It’s a good time to be an engineer!

From high salaries to job stability to rapid industry growth, it’s no surprise that engineering is one of the most coveted careers out there.

We’ve compiled a list of six reasons why you should explore a career in this field:

High salaries

With some of the highest entry-level salaries available, newly-graduated engineers have a great head start in paying off student loans, establishing their careers, and just getting started in life in general.

And the salary benefits don’t end in your twenties.  The pay ceiling in engineering is fairly high, and it’s not uncommon for engineers to be making in excess of six figures by mid-career.

Make sure you check out our 2014 engineering salary guide to see the latest pay estimates for entry-level engineers!

Diverse fields of work

The sheer amount of choice available in engineering is staggering.

Within the major disciplines – electrical, chemical, civil, and mechanical engineering – there are multiple sub-disciplines (e.g. computer, materials, environmental,  and vehicle engineering).  And within these sub-disciplines there are even more areas to specialize in, including software engineering, polymer engineering, sanitary engineering, and mechatronics.

The availability of so many different branches of engineering means that you can achieve a moderate degree of specialization even before you finish your undergrad – making it that much easier to land a job.

Plenty of job opportunities

The job outlook for engineers is excellent these days, and most engineering fields are expected to experience solid growth over the next five years.  The demand for mining and petroleum engineers is predicted to be particularly high due to increasing oil, natural gas, and mineral production.

Canada’s aging workforce will likely also contribute to the increase in engineering jobs.  With many Baby Boomers set to retire over the next five to ten years, companies will need to recruit both junior and senior-level engineers to fill the void.

Job stability

Engineers enjoy high career stability. Engineers can often find their way into valuable niche roles where their highly specialized skillsets make them difficult to replace.  Many engineering jobs are also difficult to outsource, especially in fields like civil and mining engineering, due to the hands-on nature of the work.

Transferable skills

The great thing about an engineering degree is that it can open doors for you to pursue careers in a wide variety of different fields.  The core skills of an engineer – scientific expertise, mathematical proficiency, and problem-solving abilities – are easily transferable to many other industries, including finance and law.

An engineer’s advanced mathematical skills are very useful in investment banking for example, while your technical expertise can be indispensable when working in regulatory or patent law.

Occupational Prestige

Like medicine and law, the engineering profession carries with it a certain amount of prestige.  Because of the difficulty and importance of their work, engineers are typically well-respected both by other professionals and in society at large.

The prestige associated with being a professional engineer can be especially useful if you decide to start your own business or move into consulting work, since your status as an engineer will automatically grant you a degree of trust and respect amongst your peers.

Visit TalentEgg’s Engineering Career Guide for more info!


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Justin Louie graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2010 with a BA in History/English. Since then, he's bounced around various industries, including telecommunications and sales, but now he's finally returned to his passion: writing. A massive history buff and trivia aficionado, Justin's interests include martial arts, enjoying the Vancouver outdoors, and accumulating massive amounts of useless information. You can follow him on @louie_justin.