Becoming a professional engineer is a highly rewarding career. Professional engineers can be highly paid with generous salaries and benefits. As well as an attractive salary, you can enjoy a flexible career with the options to be office based, production based, self employed or travel the world on projects There is much scope for a professional engineer to develop. You can transfer your skills to different sectors and with the correct qualifications; career progression into management is also achievable.
Engineering is bigger than the UK Retail, Wholesale, Financial and Insurance sectors combined.
The engineering sector supports 55% of all UK employment.
Engineering produces the majority of UK exports.
Engineering employs 5.53 million people and 2/3rds are practising Engineers and Technicians
Professional Engineering is short of graduates because, recently, there have been fewer students taking STEM subjects at high school that enable them to follow a professional engineering career.
Job opportunities are therefore high – engineering is within the top 5 “In Demand” sectors for permanent jobs in 2015 as there is a 43% skills shortage in science, engineering and research.
Job prospects exceed those of other graduates :-
67% of engineering graduates are in full time jobs within 6 months with only 7.3% unemployed. (Compared to average 58% job success across all graduates)(Eng UK 2016 Report)
Most unfilled vacancies were in IT and telecoms where 12% remained unfilled in 2014.