Engineers are world changers. Really. They are the ones creating new technologies and solving problems. Love your latest digital device? Thank an engineer. Would you rather fly than drive? Thank an engineer. Are you a roller coaster fan? Thank an engineer. Engineers are on the cutting edge of so many exciting fields. Not only are there many opportunities for engineers, they get paid well, too. Engineers continue to have among the highest paid starting salaries and those high salaries continue throughout one’s career.
What Types Of Engineering Exist?
As I said before, engineers work in many fields, some of which you might not think of as places for engineers.
- Chemical Engineering
- Civil Engineering
- Biomedical Engineering
- Aerospace Engineering
- Electrical Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Agricultural Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
These are just a few of the main areas of engineering. There are subgroups or specialties in each of these areas and there are other types of engineering, also. To learn more, go to the engineering careers page at EngineerGirl.org or FuturesInEngineering.com.
How Do I Know I Want To Study Engineering?
Choosing a career is tough. Determining what one wants to do for the the rest of their life when they are young can seem overwhelming. Start by researching jobs that sound interesting or taking a career assessment like this one from Junior Achievement. You might want to consider interviewing someone who is in the career you are considering or job shadowing.
How Do I Prepare To Study Engineering?
Of course, studying engineering takes a good knowledge of math and science. Students interested in engineering should take as much math as they can before entering an engineering program. Science is also important. However, to be the most prepared, research the various types of engineers and look at what science knowledge they need for their job. For instance, a chemical engineer uses lots of chemistry in their job. Those wanting to be a chemical engineer should load up on the chemistry. For more information on preparing for an engineering career check out http://www.egfi-k12.org/