Top 7 Reasons You Should Study Engineering

You probably heard it from a lot of people by now “You Should Study Engineering!” If you get good grades and aren’t sure what to study, that’s the advice most people give. But before you write it off, take a look at these legitimate compelling reasons you should study Engineering:

7) International Travel

Engineers are uniquely in demand in almost any country in the world. This makes it much easier for you to apply a work visa in a variety of countries. However more than that, they are legally allowed too. The Washington Accord is an international agreement between bodies responsible for accrediting engineering degree programmes. That means with an Engineering Degree you can practice Engineering across the world in up to 18 countries including: UK, USA, Japan, Korea, Australia, Canada and India.

6) High Salaries and Earnings

With an Engineering degree your future financial situation is more secured. Engineers are among the top-paid professionals worldwide. In Malaysia, Engineers earn an average of approximately RM45,000 a year while higher positions can earn up RM230,000 a year. While in the United States you can earn as high as $176,900 a year.

5) Greater Employability

The practical skills you gain as an Engineer will be invaluable wherever you work. Contrary to popular belief, engineers don’t just work in factories and construction sites. Engineering work in a wide range of fields including Finance, Healthcare, Insurance, Agriculture, Energy, Defense and Security and many more. At it’s heart Engineering is about problem solving. Thus, you learn to think critically and develop innovative solutions, abilities that are transferable to many industries.

4) High Satisfaction

87% of Engineers report feeling satisfied to extremely satisfied with their careers. The flexible schedules, good benefits, high salaries, good job security and working as part of a team are probably all contributing factors. It’s definitely an interesting and stimulating job where you won’t be stuck doing a ‘mindless’ and ‘boring’ task.

3) Prestige

Engineering is one of the most difficult subjects to study in university. It takes hard work and an intelligent mind to earn an Engineering degree and people will recognize it. Possessing an Engineering degree earns you a degree of prestige and respect from most people.

2) Positive Contributions To Society

Though the news might make you think the world is doom and gloom, there have been many great leaps in technology that have made the world a better place. Through designing efficient water-systems, creating robotics for amputees, innovating space travel and developing Renewable Clean energy sources. Engineers change the world for the better and contribute positively to society. The future is looking brighter and brighter thanks to them.

1) CEO Material

Did you know that 33% of the Top 50 CEOs in the world majored in Engineering. In fact, currently 7 out of 10 of the most valuable companies in the world have CEOs with Engineering background including:

Amazon – Jeff Bezos
Apple – Tim Cook
Exxon -Darren Page
Microsoft – Satya Nadella
Alphabet Inc (Google) – Larry Page
Tencent Holdings – Ma Huateng

There are several factors that lead to this. Engineering attracts some of the best and the brightest for one. The increasing role of technology also plays a part since Engineers comprehend these complicated systems well. Furthermore, Engineers work with others and often lead projects and teams. They also have to employ critical thinking to solve a multitude of problems.

If you are interested in Engineering programmes, check out our University page. University of Southampton Malaysia and Herriot-Watt University Malaysia have amazing Engineering programmes.

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