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How hard is it to get a job if your an engineer ?

I'm a sophomore in high school and i really want to be an engineer. #engineering #engineer

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Brad’s Answer

There will always be a need for engineers. Look around you, just about everything you see has involved an engineer. Buildings, bridges, cars, trains, powerlines, computers, software, phones, televisions, etc. All of those things needed engineers to make it happen.


The cool part about engineering, since it is truly everywhere, you can pick any industry and work in it as an engineer. Say you REALLY LIKE tootsie rolls. You can work at the tootsie roll factory as a process engineer, mechanical engineer, chemical engineer, or even industrial engineer... and that's just tootsie rolls.


For me, I love bikes and speakers. I've worked at companies that build speakers and bike accessories - it's really fun to work on something you love.

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Jared’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team

Let's add some figures to the mix, and break up the "engineer" profession a bit further. All of my sources here are from the US Federal Government bureau of labor statistics. These are all forecasts, so take them with a grain of salt.


Mechanical engineers: 243,000 jobs in 2010. 265,000 jobs expected in 2020

Software developers: 913,000 jobs in 2010. 1,183,000 jobs expected in 2020

Aerospace engineers: 81,000 jobs in 2010. 85,000 jobs expected in 2020


And for comparison: Physicians and surgeons: 691,000 jobs in 2010. 859,000 jobs expected in 2020


These figures should highlight that part of the job availability question depends on what type of engineer we're talking about. I included the physicians and surgeons number just to give a sense of scale, so you can get a sense for what it means to have a million jobs in one field. The other factor that isn't listed here in this figures is how much competition there is for these jobs. 1.2 Million software developer positions sounds great as long as you don't have significantly more than 1.2 Million software developers trying to get those jobs. But as a general guideline, I would suggest that fields with significant employment will afford you greater opportunity than fields without.

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US News published an article yesterday calling engineering an "it" degree, as a result of the strong employer demand for engineering.


In other words, if you want to pursue engineering, there are going to be lots of job opportunities:


http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/articles/2013/03/14/engineering-grads-enjoy-greater-job-prospects


Note that this does not mean that lots of people are necessarily pursuing engineering -- which means that those who do, will be highly sought after.

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Brian’s Answer

Compared to other professions, engineering is in high demand; companies always need engineers to develop their products, both on the hardware and software side. In addition to that, engineering can provide you with a very stable income compared to other majors, and you also won't require as many years of schooling compared to other professions (for example: law, medicine, etc.).
So, if you enjoy math and science, it is definitely something you should highly consider!

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Housam’s Answer

It isn't difficult depending on your path in college. Things to keep in mind and good all around advice would be to make sure during your college career (4-5 years in engineering) you try your best to hit these goals:
-3.0 GPA or higher. Your ease in finding a job will multiply greatly if you have this. Most hiring within engineering use that as the main criteria on whether to hire someone or not even for internships while in college.
-Make sure you get involved (even if you are just associated with) different engineering related clubs this will be your stepping stone to the next item.
-Find a research opportunity early in school. All engineering has research associated with it. Leverage your "club experience" to win over the professor and get at least a few months of research (enough to put it on your resume).
-Develop a strong face to face relationship with your career services department, specifically the person that will be interfacing with the head hunters from companies, this is the strongest place to get internships and later on jobs when you eventually graduate.
-Lastly be a good engineer if you are good and confident in articulating what you know and how you can contribute to a company they will hire you.
Engineering isn't the easiest major but it is rewarding as the knowledge you do have afterwards never goes out of style.


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Akshat’s Answer

It's not hard to get a job.

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Avi’s Answer

Engineers are in high demand. My experience as a hiring manager is that we never find good engineers fast enough. While not all engineering jobs are in equal demand Wireless, Consumer Electronics, Internet related jobs are hot. Specific major areas are: Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science. Check the job posting of leading companies or those you think you are interested in working for.

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FabianT_af13’s Answer

I agree. It is not difficult to find a job in the engineering field. Many things are need for engineers to create the world today. As well as gaming companies to come up with more complex and realistic gaming experiences.

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