Top 5 Reasons to be an EngineerFrom job security and high salary to becoming Iron Man, there has indeed never been a better time to become an engineer.
The internet is a buzz after Nicholas Selby --a sophomore studying mechanical engineering at the top tier school, Georgia Tech--welcomed the incoming class of 2,700. With a rousing monologue backed by the theme music from '2001: A Space Odyssey,' which ultimately and deservedly lead to a standing ovation, he passionately proclaims:
Our mission as students is not to follow in the footsteps of the astronauts, Nobel Prize laureates or the presidents that graduated before us but to exceed their footsteps, crush the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand! If you want to change the world, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to build the 'Iron Man' suit, you're at Georgia Tech, you can do that! If you want to play theme music during your convocation speech like a b---ss, we're at Georgia Tech, we can do that! I am doing that!
School pride aside, Selby has good reason to be excited as the future is looking bright for those pursuing engineering degrees. Not only are engineers helming a new era of discovery with exciting breakthroughs being announced nearly everyday, but they are enjoying careers with economic prosperity, job security, and personally rewarding experiences.
Why Should You Become an Engineer
Six of the top-10 highest paying Bachelor's Degrees are Engineering
- Computer Engineering Salary: $70,400
- Chemical Engineering Salary: $66,400
- Aerospace Engineering Salary: $64,000
- Mechanical Engineering Salary: $62,900
- Electrical and Communications Engineering Salary: $62,300
- Civil Engineering Salary: $57,600
Engineers have a low unemployment rate
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, engineers enjoy an unemployment rate of 3.4%, which is less than half of the national average of 7.4%. Richard Zambacca, President of Randstad Engineering, says the biggest problem with Engineers in our time is "there's just not enough of them." From the Jersey Shore to the coast of California, there are literally career opportunities that span the entire length of country.
Engineers tend to love their jobs and their employers
Forget the morning motivational coffee, according to the Randstad USA Engagement Study, engineers are eager to get to business, with 72% responding that they enjoy their jobs. They also tend to find that their organizations are well-run from a leadership and value perspective.
Engineers are confident in the economy
Engineers' levels of confidence in the market is back to pre-recession highs. In the latest Randstad Engineering Employee Confidence Index, Nearly 62% believe the economy is performing well.
Finally, it is important to remember...
Engineers get to do some really, really cool things.