Major Overview

Engineering is a large field that allows students to choose a variety of very specialized areas.

Broad areas of engineering include civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Within these broads sections are more specialized areas from agricultural and socioeconomic engineering to geospatial and environmental engineering. With the many different schools and programs available to you, you will be able to hone in on your area of interest and major in any number of specific engineering fields.

While classes vary depending your chosen area of interest, some engineering classes are similar. Topics covered in all areas of engineering include applied mathematics, computer science, computer-aided design, physics, and statistics. As you become more specialized, you will take advanced and very specific courses.

Required Skills

Any specialization in engineering requires students to have a strong background in mathematics and science. Professionals are constantly employing math and science principles when creating designs for structures or machines. Strong critical and analytical skills are also important for designing projects to solve problems or when troubleshooting technical errors that may be found in original plans. Leadership skills will help students work in a team when participating in large projects with other engineering or professionals in a different field.

Engineers often work full time in an office setting. Depending on the area of expertise you plan to pursue, you may spend more time in the field observing and overseeing projects. Since many projects are often done under a contract, professionals may have to work long hours to meet a deadline.

Levels of education and required certifications vary depending on your area of specialization. However, it is common for engineering majors to pursue an advanced degree as in can lead to a job with higher responsibility and potentially a higher salary.

Careers

Depending on the type of career you wish to pursue, job locations and work environments differ. However, engineers work in a variety of industries allowing you to go into any number of career fields.

Engineers are in constant demand as technology, building styles, and societal needs change. While some areas are growing at an extremely fast rate, others are maintaining an average rate. Spend some time exploring your field of interest and gain work experience to make yourself more attractive to employers. This means graduates of a variety of engineering specialties should be able to find a job after graduation. Salaries will vary depending on your speciality.

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Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Engineering (Other) might open up.

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