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10 Good Reasons to Be an Engineer
Even The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper dreams of being an engineer! Okay, so locomotive engineer isn’t exactly the type of engineer we’re talking about here, but it’s safe to say that engineers of all types are seeing their cool factor rise. In fact, being an engineer has never been cooler.
Check out 10 reasons to consider a career in engineering:
1. You might just change the world. Did you know that mechanical engineer/mathematician Charles Babbage invented the first mechanical computer in the 1820s? One hundred years later, British mathematician Alan Turing revived Babbage’s idea and succeeded in breaking Hitler’s secret ciphers with a code-breaking device - the precursor to today’s computers. Engineers from the U.S. and Britain took Babbage’s and Turing’s concepts to the next step in the late 1940s. Engineers have played a role in the invention of everything from the internal combustion engine to the perfect chocolate bar.
2. If the thought of traveling, and meeting and working with people from other cultures appeals to you, then think engineering. Engineers are needed all around the globe.
3. People will be impressed when you tell them you’re an engineer. Seriously - most people know just how difficult it is to become an engineer, and they respect that.
4. Here are two words for you: financial security. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in engineering jobs is projected to grow 7% through 2026. Plus, the median annual wage for engineering occupations is $79,180.
5. It’s a no-brainer that science and math will be an important part of your job, but so will creativity. The best engineers can dream up and create amazing inventions by thinking outside the box.
6. It’ll scratch that humanitarian itch. Engineers use their skills to give back to their communities and the world, starting as students.
7. You can learn how to design, build and fix almost anything. Enough said!
8. We live in a technical world, filled with hardware and software. Someone has to take care of the tech stuff. Why not you?
9. If you become a software engineer or a computer engineer, then you’ll never have to ask your kids for help with the computer. Think about that. You’ll be the expert, pushing innovation at the same time!
10. The career options are endless. As an engineer, you could end up working in almost any business or industry, from NASA to Morgan Stanley. Engineering opens up the world to you.
– SD Mines
Source: South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines)
About the Author: Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology (SD Mines), sdsmt.edu, is a science and engineering research university located in Rapid City, SD, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The university enrolls 2,654 students with a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. The SD School of Mines placement rate for graduates is 97%, with an average starting salary of more than $61,346, according to the university the school.
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