An engineering degree could get you into a lot of industries. Your range of options may depend on whether you’ve chosen a general engineering degree or specialist engineering degree. Below are just some of the careers you could consider.
Energy and utilities
The energy and utilities industry encompasses a variety of large sub-industries including gas, petroleum, nuclear power, coal power and renewable energy. The latter – renewable energy – is currently witnessing a boom and is expected to be the main source of energy in the future. A career in this industry is certain to be well paid and could offer the opportunity to travel. Those that want to help shape a brighter future may also find the sustainable energy route very rewarding.
Aerospace concerns the development of flight and space technology. Despite being currently stunted by Covid-19 and more recently Brexit, this industry shows no signs of shrinking – the aerospace industry creates jobs all the time by constantly innovating. From spacecraft design to commercial aircraft maintenance, there are all kinds of opportunities for work in this sector. A specialist degree in aerospace engineering is more likely to get your foot in the door than a general engineering degree, however if you’re keen enough you may still be able to break into this industry.
A career in chemical engineering could be ideal for those with an avid interest in chemistry. From agrochemicals to pharmaceuticals, there are all kinds of avenues for chemical engineers. Such a career is usually well paid and there is no shortage of contractors looking for staff. A specialist chemical engineering degree is most likely to help you break into this career, however you may still get a job with a general engineering degree.
Civil engineering relates to the design and construction of pipes, bridges, roads, sewerage systems, canals, airports and railways. As a civil engineer, you could help to build and rebuild cities and public transport networks. It is generally well-paid and there could be the opportunity to work locally or travel. Civil engineering degrees are specialized to this type of engineering, but you will usually still be able to land a career with a general engineering degree.
Electrical engineering related to the design and construction of electronic equipment and power generators. Our increased consumption of electricity and gadgets has caused this industry to boom in the last half a century. You’ll find plenty of career options within this sector. Those with an electrical engineering background are more likely to secure a career in this sub-industry.
Those that love computers and know a programming language could consider a career in software engineering. This could involve designing and building software or apps. A specialist degree in software engineering could be great for breaking into this sector, but may not always be necessary. There are plenty of vacancies within software engineering and you could find that it’s very well paid.
Those with software or electrical engineering backgrounds can often make great IT consultants. A keen understanding of computers and all things digital – as well as a knack for problem-solving – could make you the perfect candidate for such a role. IT consultancy companies are often aimed at businesses, helping them to find the best technology solutions. There is no shortage of IT consultancy companies to work for.
Do you share a love of writing and engineering? A career as a technical writer could be an alternative option to explore. Technical writers are often required to write manuals, training guides and assessments. It requires taking complex technical information and easily explaining it in layman’s terms. It could even be a gateway into engineering journalism.
Engineers tend to have a very good eye for detail. As a result, they make perfect quality control officers. Quality control is required in many industries from manufacturing (such as product testing) to construction (such as building surveying). There are plenty of vacancies for these jobs around – a general engineering degree may be all you need.
Management positions can be great for those that love to lead and work with people. Managers are needed in all forms of engineering work. Having some work experience within the engineering sector can be useful before seeking a management position. That said, there may be some jobs out there for graduates to jump straight into.