You Got Your Engineering Degree. Now What?

So all your hard work has paid off and you have your engineering degree. The problem is you’re thinking you’d rather work in a business rather than technical setting. It might not seem like you have a lot of options, but you’d be surprised. Your degree from can actually be a real asset to companies, and there is a lot more you can do with it than you think.

Take consulting for one. Many companies hire outside experts to help them make business decisions. Your technical knowledge and skills could be invaluable to a company that needs to know if a certain product or tech company they want to invest in or acquire is a good, viable idea. You could also work as an internal consultant, helping companies with their own tech problems. Consultants are well paid for their expertise, with salaries starting around $100K a year.

Product development and design is another very lucrative field you could go into. Thanks to the IoT, the need for people with strong technical and engineering skills is at an all time high. Companies need people to help them design new IoT devices and other electronics. Hardware engineering experience is particularly sought after. You could also go into business for yourself and work on a per project basis.

Are you good with a pen as well as with design? With more and more gadgets, electronics and IoT devices hitting the market, the demand for skilled technical writers is high. Companies need writers to provide copy for user manuals that explains how these things work in plain English and also need writers who can produce white papers and promotional materials. If you have both great writing and technical skills, you will be an attractive candidate to many companies.

Those skills can also be useful for teaching. Companies are in desperate need for people highly skilled in technical fields like engineering. Experts say with the explosion of IoT, data analytics and artificial intelligence a rapidly increasing gap is forming, with more tech jobs being created than qualified people to fill them. Consider working as a college or technical school instructor, or go into the public school system to teach STEM classes to young people. There are also many companies looking for people who can come in and train their employees on new technologies and products.

So you see, there is a lot you can do if you want to blend business with your engineering degree!