There are many different engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, civil, industrial, chemical, etc.
But which type of engineering job is best for you?
Engineers are always in demand. And the engineering field is expected to grow at an excellent pace for the next eight years at least. We quoted Case Western Reserve University on job satisfaction among engineering professionals in a previous post:
“An impressive 89% of professional engineers report being “satisfied to very satisfied” with their job, and 90% recommend engineering as a career path for a young person. But those are only two reasons to choose a career path in engineering.”
The future looks bright for engineers, whether you’re just starting your career, you’ve been at it for a while, or you’re considering a career change.
So what type of engineering job best fits your professional goals? This post will provide three simple questions to help you refine your career path.
Take some time to think about the following questions.
Do you prefer unadulterated problem-solving, or are you drawn more to the design side of engineering?
Engineering is all about problem-solving at its core. But you may lean more toward the design side of engineering than the pure-play problem-solving aspect.
Before the automobile could be mass-produced, hundreds of components had to be conceived, prototyped, and designed. This included engine components, mechanical joints, electrical systems, carburation, seats, and on and on.
That process took a massive amount of analysis and problem-solving at the fundamental levels of the engineering sciences.
Ultimately, the components were turned over to a design team to build mass-producible vehicle prototypes. That’s an oversimplification, but you get the point.
As an engineer, you’ve been exposed to both levels of the engineering process. Ask yourself which one you’d prefer to be doing for the next several years.
Do you prefer to work in the field or in the office?
This is another fundamental question that engineers should get their arms around. We’ve had candidates who discovered after years of working in the office that they loved being out in the field, and vice versa.
Now is a good time to do some self-reflection. The good news is that whichever direction you choose, there are excellent job opportunities to support your choice.
And last but not least…
Are you looking for a change?
You’re in the right place if you answered yes to that question. Our professional recruiting team is here to listen to you first. Regardless of where you are in your engineering career, we can help you chart your professional course for the future. Let’s find out if we have a client who’s looking for a great candidate like you.
Our team will help you find engineering job opportunities that align with your skills, experience, short-term employment goals, and long-term career objectives. Call us today at (866) TEAM 619, or get in touch online. Our expert recruiters are waiting for your call.