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10 Unique Jobs You Can Do with an Engineering Degree

 

Many a young engineering student has bemoaned the breadth and detail of knowledge demanded from their educators, which reminds me of an episode of The Office. Michael gives Dwight a nutcracker for Christmas one piece at a time, and Dwight ineptly and prematurely tries to assemble the machine. Similarly, each engineering class is just one piece, and calculus may not turn the gears of fluid dynamics until your first job. While some may never use magnetics or thermodynamics, employers appreciate the versatility and dedication of an engineering student. The only nut you have to crack is which job to take.

10.Submarine Designer

submarine-168884_1920Submarines are an amazing invention. Submarines changed naval wars and allowed the world to see the other half of its planet. The race to rule over our world’s seas has not been without it’s disasters.  Whether you want to defend the motherland or advance the discovery the wondrous dark depths, submarine engineering is the answer. Since submarines are custom-made,  this vastly complex field requires new innovations in design; and therefore, begs the creativity that you offer.

The two paths you can take are government and business. If you’re interested in joining the armed services, the navy has a stellar program for college graduates. If you’d rather not be  repeatedly deployed without any contact with your loved ones for months at a time, several companies hire submarine engineers. As of now, General Dynamics Electric Boat hires newly graduated mechanical, aerospace, marine, civil, nuclear, or chemical engineers. If you want to get involved immediately, put together a team for the european international subrace!

9.Patent Agent and Patent 

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Both professions require an appreciation for quality engineering. A patent lawyer handles the legal side of intellectual property, whereas a patent agent is a technical specialist. Patent agents research the background of a product, compare it to similar projects, and advise in the invention evaluation. You see inventions first. You’re a bouncer in intellectual property. Not innovative? It’s out. Won’t work? Here’s the door. Falsifying results? Give ‘em the boot!

While some patent agents only have a bachelor’s degrees, many pursue a higher degree. The in-demand fields are mostly engineering: aerospace, biomedical, computer, electric, industrial mining, nuclear, and petroleum engineering. Take classes in law to prepare for the intellectual property bar exam. If you have trouble entering the field after graduation, a few programs may help with the transition. If law school is in your future, engineering is the perfect undergraduate major.

8.Fireworks Designer (Pyrotechnic Engineer)

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Fireworks are beautiful. Many musicians use fireworks to enhance the audience’s experience. Weaving music and visual awe together to create a production that terrifies, delights, or inspires is a pyrotechnic engineer’s job. Even with recent advances, there’s hunger for innovation: the modern firework is just a fancier version of the gunpowder-in-bamboo model according to one pyrotechnic engineer. Spark your interest?

This job requires a solid understanding of chemistry, so chemical engineering degree would be the perfect fit. In addition, you must also obtain your certification in firework safety. Firework shows are usually coordinated with musical productions, so exploring music in your spare time will give you an edge.

7.Science Writer and Technology Writer

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Progress is advanced by communication, and communication begets progress. Science writing allows you to open up the closed societies of engineers, scientist, and doctors to a wider audience. You’re essentially a bridge between two worlds. Technical writing, on the other hand, is directed to those within the profession. As an insider, you know what your audience wants to read.

Whatever you’re most passionate about in engineering, technology, or science, pursue that and be excellent. If you’re passionate about your subject manner and a good writer, you’ll get readers. Take classes in journalism or english. While you’re in college, start a technology blog, write for your university newspaper, try freelancing, submit stories to a writing magazine, or start a writing club. The Guardian has a series of articles about science writing that can get you started.

Personally, writing has allowed my very detailed, small, technical world to be broken open again. Writing has made my world bigger and more satisfying.

6.Real Estate Developer

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If your dream is to gaze with pride at a glittering new apartment building that you birthed with numerous cups of coffee, an unwavering vision, late nights full of tears, fits of rage at your employees, and lost weekends as you and your investors dive into swimming pool of cash, real estate development is the right profession for you. Many civil engineers consider a career in real estate for that very reason. This high stakes profession demands exceptional leadership as you manage a team of architects, construction workers, and engineers. Each project must be innovative but practical, keeping your ear to the ground to know what consumers want. While many real estate developers build extravagant luxury residence and business buildings, others have completely change the face of a neighborhood and promoted eco-friendly and healthy living. As the developer, it’s your choice.

To become a real estate developer, major in civil engineering and attend classes in business to gain a solid understanding of market trends, capital investment and finance. Networking is key in this industry, so join professional clubs and go to conventions.

Here’s your map to that pool of money.

5.Imagineer

Did you sing disney songs in your car after failing your first Thermo II test? Do you picture your physics professor as the evil stepmother? All your dreams are about to come true. Come create a magical experience for Disney park attenders as an Imagineer! Walt Disney’s Imagineers build everything disney—cruise ships, theme park rides, and resorts.

At the time of writing this article, several engineering specialties are being hired by Disney, including control systems engineering, electrical engineering, audio visual systems engineering and mechanical engineering. If you’re interested in Disney’s imagineering, consider doing an internship or co-op with them.

Check out the imagineering blog and the amazing opportunities all over the world!

4.Medical Doctor

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Medicine is the study of a specific power plant. This facility’s input directly impacts the energy output and the waste. Since this plant is a mobile batch process, the variation in environment, building materials, input, and use can effect the equipment’s long-term utility. More doctors need to think like engineers, and more engineers need to revolutionize the medical field.

As a medical doctorate hopeful, there’s a plethora of advice on how to pick your undergraduate major, but biomedical or biomolecular engineering will more than prepare you. In fact, according to Duke’s website, 25% of their engineering graduates continue their education in medical school. Make sure to fatten up your resume by doing research, volunteering, and pursuing leadership opportunities.

3.Furniture Designer

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With an increasingly nomadic working population, crowded cities are forcing professionals into smaller temporary living spaces. Engineers have become an integral part of the solution via furniture design. In order to solve the lack of space, compact apartments in China and New York have the furniture to be incorporated into the living space. On the other hand, an ex-Apple engineer solved the problem by creating furniture that is highly portable.

Mechanical engineering and industrial engineering would be most helpful for this career path. Chose an university that offers woodworking, welding, and other shop classes. You should also consider finding a school that will allow you to double-major in design.

Here’s furniture eye candy for any engineer and practical advice for this field.

2.Restauranteur

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A most delicious profession for an engineer! Skills such as supply management, quality control, economic assessment, and surviving on ramen for three weeks straight will come in handy. Starting a business is tough! However, the perseverance learned from those late-night sessions with his Elementary Principles of Chemical Engineering paid off for Greg Hatem. Originally a chemical engineering major, he went on to start many restaurants in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Simply from precedence, chemical engineering would be the correct path. Take plenty of business classes, experiment with food in your kitchen, and eat out in several fine-dining restaurants when you have the money.

1.Fashion designer

Engineering has always been part of fashion. While many engineers have been in the fashion industry as garment engineers, several engineers have become successful fashion designers and visa versa. If you’ve ever considered designing a new workout material or a better high heel shoe, fashion may be the place for you.

Choosing your engineering major would depend on what you want to do in fashion. If you want to design ergonomic clothes that will withstand stochastic conditions, industrial engineering  would be the best. If you’re more interested in designing structurally interesting high-end fashion, consider mechanical engineering. Classes in material sciences would allow you to design your own fabric. Finally, very few schools offer a textile engineering program. If your school doesn’t have textile engineering, consider a double major in design.


 

Written by: Sarah K. R. Long >> “After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at NC State University, I adventured to Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel for a medical doctorate. My compliant southern demeanor was squeezed in the aggressive, blunt culture of Israel and the weighty expectations of my teachers. I exploded into words.”


 

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