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 5.6million people of whom 2/3rds are practising Engineers and Technicians and has grown 5.6% in terms of numbers of enterprises in the last year.
Professional Engineering is short of graduates partly because, recently, there have been fewer students taking STEM subjects at high school that enable them to follow a professional engineering career - less so in Scotland but down 3.9% in recent years in those taking STEM A Levels .
Job opportunities are therefore high – engineering is within the top 5 “In Demand” sectors for permanent jobs in 2017 as there is an annual shortfall of between 37,000 and 59,000 new graduates and qualified technicians.
Job prospects exceed those of other graduates :
62% of engineering graduates are in full time jobs within 6 months. (Compared to average 56% job success across all graduates)(Eng UK 2018 Report)