Engineers have quite literally built the world; more than that, they’re building the future too. The skills and expertise that engineers bring are crucial in creating anything from bridges and skyscrapers to hearing aids and mobile phones.
For the right kind of person, a career in engineering could hold huge promise. Here’s why:
The world needs engineers
We wouldn’t have got far without engineers. Virtually everything you use every day, whether out of comfort or necessity, was designed and built by highly trained and brilliant engineers. While it’s obviously not an easy job, we reckon it has to be pretty rewarding to create something that millions of people go on to use every day. To reflect this, the money is excellent and engineers get a lot of respect from the public at large. If you have the skills, why wouldn’t you want to be a part of it?
It’s a growing sector – universally
The opportunities in engineering are getting better all the time due to technological advancements and ever growing populations, cities and appetite for electronics. Whether you want to build jets or nanobots, you’re set to only be more in demand in the decades ahead.
Sectors that are going to become particularly important include consumer electronics (such as phones and wearable computers like smartwatches), robots, automation, transport, space engineering, bionics, medical aids and renewable energy. It’d be easier to make a list of engineering sectors that won’t see explosive growth.
Of course with the population set to see huge growth, there will be a great need for infrastructure such as smart cities, taller buildings and new kinds of mass transit. Engineers will certainly be kept busy.
It’s more creative than you’d think
Engineers don’t just build – they innovate. Consumers, businesses and governments all demand more for less. That mean electronics have to be smaller but more powerful. Cars have to be faster and safer. And structures need to be bigger and stronger, yet lighter and cheaper.
It’s up to engineers to push the physical limits and make the world more efficient. This often requires a great deal of creativity and imagination as well as a mathematical and scientific grounding. Challenging? Sure. Worth it? Definitely!