Working in engineering

Engineers use science, maths and technology to solve practical problems.

Engineering helps us to produce things that improve our lives, from the latest mobile phone to prosthetic running blades. Which branch of engineering would suit you best? Jobs in engineering tend to fall into one of these four categories: mechanical, electrical, chemical or civil engineering.

Engineering used to be seen as a male industry, but it can make an interesting and well-paid career for anyone with an interest in science and how things work.

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Approximate pay levels

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An engineer’s salary might start at around £25,000, but could increase to around £50,000 per year. Chemical engineers working in petrochemicals or oil can earn more than in other sectors.

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Future careers

  • Advances in technology mean that employers will continue to need engineers and technicians with high-level skills.
  • Areas of growth include sustainable energy, cyber security and medical technologies. High-performance engineering, which is needed by companies like Rolls Royce and Boeing, is continuing to grow in the UK.

Things to consider

Things you may need to know:

  • Engineers need to be great at problem-solving, creative thinking, understanding scientific principles and communicating with others.
  • Don’t assume that all engineers do the same thing. There can be big differences between the various branches of engineering.
  • You might have the opportunity to travel around the UK and even overseas as an engineer.

Useful links

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Tomorrow's Engineers

Information and resources on careers in engineering

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