What can I do with an engineering degree?

What can I do with an engineering degree?

Whether you want to find work as an engineer or explore alternative careers such as IT, here's an overview of the options open to you and the key skills you've gained from your degree.

Engineers tend to be clear thinking and logical. They can follow either instructions or design specifications to the letter. They can take on a lot at once, are prepared for a challenge, aren’t afraid of long hours and work hard in order to gain good results.

This guide should help you think about the skills you have, the jobs they can be applied to, and the options available.

Specific skills you will have gained include:

  • planning
  • patience
  • analytical thinking
  • presentation and other communication skills
  • numeracy, statistics and computing
  • capacity for detail
  • data analysis
  • logical thinking
  • problem solving
  • organisational abilities
  • project management
  • research skills
  • teamwork.

Engineering graduates would work very well in procurement and purchasing, or in supply chain management roles. Since candidates for these roles need to know technical specifications, employers are likely to prefer engineers over many other graduates. In addition, these roles recruit into graduate schemes, meaning that there is an easier transition from university into respectable business roles.

Other potential options include:

  • business and management
  • finance
  • fire prevention and safety
  • IT
  • law
  • management consulting
  • patent work
  • teaching and lecturing
  • technical sales
  • technical writing and training.

One thing many engineering graduates don't realise is that they can still pursue a commercial or business-focussed career within industry. You don't have to leave engineering behind completely

If none of these options appeal to you, you don’t need to worry. There are a number of famous graduates who have taken their engineering degrees in very different directions:

  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Herbert Hoover
  • Huey Lewis
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Rowan Atkinson

Find out more about all your engineering careers options at TARGETjobs Engineering.