Engineering companies in the UK alone will need 182,000 more people with engineering skills in the run up to 2022. Engineering businesses around the world are experiencing a significant engineering skills shortage, and new engineers are in high demand. The Aerospace industry in particular is urgently seeking large numbers of engineers. The demand for engineers is also driven by the fact that the sector generates a significant proportion of a country’s total turnover: in the UK engineering generates 23% of total GDP.
A competitive salary is high up on the list of reasons to work in engineering. Becoming an engineer requires an impressive skill set and an impressive salary reflects your hard work and achievements. In The Engineer’s 2018 Salary Survey, the average salary for UK engineers was £47,896 – almost double the national average salary in the UK. For newly qualified engineers, the average engineering salary is significantly greater when compared to other fields.
The worldwide demand for engineers means that starting an engineering career does not limit you to any one location. As an engineer, the world is your oyster and you can enjoy a wealth of travel opportunities. Depending on your specific industry and your remit, engineers can work across cities or rural areas and during all hours of the day. Each working day presenting a new challenge is one of the best reasons to work in engineering.
For women, a career in Engineering is becoming increasingly common and young women are highly encouraged to pursue an engineering career. Various organisations supporting women include WES (Women’s Engineering Society) - a charity and professional network of female engineers, scientists and technologists who aim to inspire and provide professional advice to help young women and girls reach their full potential.
WES has several initiatives such as a mentoring programme for women in STEM, an annual awards scheme recognising the most influential women in the engineering and STEM sectors and celebrating International Women in Engineering Day on 23rd June. There has never been a better time to be a female engineer.
The final slot on the list of reasons to work in engineering belongs to the sheer impact that engineers can have on global society. In many industries, engineers need to use their knowledge and expertise in science, technology, logic, creativity, mathematics and problem-solving frequently. Engineers will tackle complicated problems and tasks and will find the best solutions to improve everyday life. Engineers lead in innovation and for decades have revolutionised the world we live in. If you want to make a difference, engineering is the ideal career for you.
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