Information on Engineering Science Careers | Kelly Services
Information on Engineering Science Careers
Do you have a strong background in maths or science and a solutions-orientated attitude? Engineering science careers encompass many job titles and could be the perfect fit for your skills.
What Is An Engineer?
Engineers use the principles of maths and science to develop solutions to technical problems. An engineer is usually the link between scientific discovery and the applications it generates for commercial use. There’s a large focus on developing new products. But engineering is a vast sector with a huge range of jobs available. Within life sciences you could work as a biomedical engineer or clinical engineer – this may involve designing software and instruments for medical professionals, conducting research or developing new procedures. Chemical engineers are also part of the life science sector and could involve work as a product process development scientist or manufacturing systems engineer.
What’s The Outlook For The Sector?
There are 5.7million people employed in the engineering sector and it contributes around 25 per cent of the country’s GDP – more than the retail, wholesale, financial and insurance sectors combined. For those with the necessary skills, it represents excellent career opportunities. Future trends in the sector are expected to include growth in engineering jobs within energy infrastructure, IT, transport, sanitation, building materials and nanotechnology.
Is It The Right Career For Me?
If you have a degree in a relevant subject then you may consider a career in engineering. Within the life sciences sector, there is a huge variety of roles for engineers so you can work within a field that you’d be interested in. You’ll need to be precise and comfortable working with data and being able to relate it to real-world problems. Solutions-driven, engineering is a rewarding field.
What Skills And Experience Are Required and What Could I Earn?
A degree in a relevant field will help you secure an engineering role – although a higher degree isn’t required. If you’re keen to specialise then a masters degree would be helpful. Professional qualifications – such as achieving CEng (chartered engineer) or IEng (incorporated engineer) status – can help you further your career once you’re employed. You’ll be expected to have sound technical knowledge with a keen interest in maths and science. Analytical and problem-solving skills will be called upon daily, as will the ability to work as part of a team and precise nature. You’ll need a good awareness of resource and time planning and be highly organised. Chemical engineers can earn an average income of £32,129 while a biomedical engineer could receive around £27,510 annually.
How Can Kelly Help Me?
At Kelly, our recruitment consultants have strong technical skills which mean they can understand how your skills and experience can fit within a role. We have close working links with the engineering sector – being the preferred recruiter for many organisations – and so can help you make your move in the engineering sector. Contact us to make your next career move in engineering.