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Why engineering is a great career

Use creative thinking and engineering skills, work as a part of a team, travel, make a difference, earn a good salary. Engineering's a great career!

A career offering a huge range of rewards

So how good is a career in engineering? Very. There really aren't that many careers that offer such a huge range of rewards, that let you use both sides of your brain and have a real impact on the world around you.

Just think, a job where no day is exactly like another, where you can use creative thinking and engineering skills at the same time, where you work as a part of a team, where you can travel, make a real difference and earn a good salary.

Here's what Renishaw believes are the reasons why engineering is a really great career:

Job satisfaction

What better career to make the most of your interest in science and maths? As a professional engineer, you get to tackle real problems and find the best solutions. It demands creative, imaginative and logical thinking. The world changes constantly, so too does engineering. Every working day is different.


Creating the best solutions to complex problems also requires close collaboration and clear communication – with customers, suppliers and fellow engineers. So teamwork is a key ingredient of a successful career in engineering and you'll be working with the smartest and most interesting of like-minded professionals.


Creative thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, team players, it's not surprising that engineers are some of the most sought after people for a diverse range of jobs. All kinds of businesses recognise engineers as people that are very well-educated and good at solving problems. That's a great person to have in any team, in any industry.

Exploring the world

You can even travel the world with a career in engineering. Engineering industries are global industries, spanning the Americas, Asia and Europe. Engineering projects can be all over the world and meeting customers and investigative fieldwork are important parts of many different engineering jobs.

Making a difference

Is there another career where you can make such a direct impact on the world? You might be helping to build a high efficiency aero engine; energy-efficient homes; life-saving medical equipment; self-driving cars, a whole new form of renewable energy. The opportunities to make a positive difference to the world are endless.

A good salary

A career in engineering requires a pretty unique set of skills. So it's only right that it comes with a competitive salary. It's a fact that university graduates with an engineering degree earn at least 20% more than the average graduate salary. They can also expect to earn a lot more during their career than graduates in most other subjects studied.

Great prospects

Just think: renewable energy, cyber security, space travel, manufacturing, human genetics, preventing disease, tackling poverty and global warming… the prospects for a fulfilling career in engineering are boundless. Engineering skills are readily transferable from one industry to another and the country needs more engineers.

The UK simply excels at engineering. It's estimated that we need to be at least doubling the number of engineering apprenticeships and graduates each year just to keep up with demand.

The country has more than 0.5 million engineering companies and in the ten years to 2020 an additional 1.86 million workers with engineering skills are estimated to be needed.

As the biggest private sector employer in Gloucestershire Renishaw employs 100's of engineers. Who knows, one day you might be one of them.