Why choose engineering?
The UK engineering sector is thriving. At over three times the size of the retail sector it accounts for almost 25 percent of the turnover of all UK enterprises.
Government estimates that the renewable energy sector alone will generate 500,000 new jobs by 2020, and there are already not enough engineering graduates to meet the demand for future engineers, teachers and lecturers.
Yet women currently represent only about 10 percent of the engineering workforce. With such a wide range of career paths to choose from and support from the many campaigns and schemes aimed at encouraging women to join this sector, there has never been a better time to consider a career in engineering.
What do engineers do?
Engineering is behind everything, from the train you travel in to your mobile phone and the shoes on your feet
Engineers shape the world we live in, by designing, creating, testing, and improving almost every product or process you can think of!
Engineers are currently tackling some of the world’s most pressing problems – from dealing with cyber security and maintaining clean water and energy supplies to finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel.
Engineers present solutions to immediate and long-term problems. As we struggle to deal with an ageing population, engineers are involved with designing diagnostic equipment used in hospitals, building sustainable accommodation and inventing gadgets to make our lives easier – from robotic lawnmowers to emotional computers.
The work can involve hands-on practical work, problem-solving, creative thinking or technical expertise. There are literally hundreds of fields within engineering, and plenty of scope to move across disciplines. It is this variety and range that makes engineering one of the most interesting and rewarding sectors to get into.
If you are good at finding practical solutions to everyday problems and you enjoy coming up with ideas and putting them into practice, you are certain to find something to suit your interests in the wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate engineering programmes offered by the Faculty of Engineering at Bristol.
Why study engineering?
- Engineering is a challenging and rewarding profession - engineers are at the forefront of design and adaptation for the future.
- There are excellent job prospects - Employers are crying out for engineering graduates, particularly in growth areas such as environmental solutions, security, medical engineering, high performance and green power.
- Your work is likely to have plenty of variety as no one job is the same. You won't be tied to a desk all day and if you are keen to go further afield then there are opportunities to work overseas.
- You'll get a professional qualification, including letters after your name. More importantly, being an engineer will give you the opportunity to help people.
- Engineers are extremely employable, as the skills they possess – such as problem-solving, innovation, project management and team-work – can be transferred across many industries.
- Engineers have the potential to earn a very good income and can expect to earn around £25,000 in the first year of graduate employment