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Why Engineering? Ten Great Reasons

The field of engineering continues to reinvent itself. The variety of engineering specialties not only has engineers designing bridges and automobiles, but creating video games; developing complex computer programs and software,  artificial organs, and nuclear power sources; and designing children’s toys, pet products, household products, sports equipment, and sustainable and efficient urban infrastructure.

Due to the expansion of jobs in the technical fields and the increasing number of engineers who are retiring, job openings in technology and engineering continues to increase.

Below are “Ten Great Reasons1” to pursue a career in engineering:

  1. Love your work, AND live your life too! Engineering is an exciting profession.
  2. Be creative. Engineering is a great outlet for the imagination—the perfect field for independent thinkers.
  3. Work with great people. Engineering takes teamwork and working with all kinds of people inside and outside the field, such as designers, architects, doctors or entrepreneurs.
  4. Solve problems—design things that matter. Come up with solutions no one else has thought of. Make your mark on the world.
  5. Never be bored. Creative problem solving will take you into uncharted territory, and the ideas of your colleagues will expose you to different ways of thinking.
  6. Make a big salary. Engineers not only earn lots of respect, but they are highly paid.
  7. Enjoy job flexibility. An engineering degree offers you lots of freedom in finding your dream job. It can be a launching pad for jobs in business, design, medicine, law, and government.
  8. Travel. Field work is a big part of engineering that will take you to many places.
  9. Make a difference. Everywhere you look you will see examples of engineering having a positive effect on everyday life. Cars are safer, sound systems deliver better acoustics, medical tests are more accurate, and computers and cell phones are a lot more fun!
  10. Change the world. Imagine what the world would be like without engineers. In very real concrete ways engineers save lives, prevent disease, reduce poverty, and protect our planet.
    1 engineeryourlife.org

Nationally, engineering is the second largest of all professions. In Utah, biomedical engineers (10.5 percent), petroleum engineers (3.8 percent), and civil engineers (3.5 percent) have the highest projected growth rate through the year 2020.

Training and education beyond high school are important for success in a career in engineering. Whether you choose a one-year certificate, a two-year associate or technical degree, a four-year bachelor’s degree, or an advanced degree will depend on your career path.

Talk to your school counselor about registering for an engineering class and preparing for a career in engineering. Visit UtahCTE.org to learn about the Career and Technical Education Technology and Engineering Pathways.

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