Engineers are in demand and over the next few years there will be 1.82 million vacancies that require engineering skills
There are a range of industries to consider including:
There are opportunities for mechanical, electrical, electronic, chemical or software engineers within many of these industries. You could choose to work in a design, research and development, production or maintenance function.
The food and drink industry is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK, employing more than 400,000 workers. However, it's not without its shortages and requires 109,000 new recruits by 2022 to meet the skills needs of the sector.
While medical and pharmaceutical companies employ large numbers of people in research and development.
For examples of job roles in this sector, see graduate jobs in engineering and manufacturing.
While large companies employ lots of graduates, the engineering sector is dominated by small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Engineers are employed by companies working at regional and national level as well as by global companies.
Some of the main companies in the aerospace industry are:
The top UK employers in the automotive industry include:
Household names in the food and drink manufacturing industry include:
In oil and gas the main companies are:
Other large companies who recruit engineers include:
Graduates entering the engineering and manufacturing sector can expect to:
To find out more about typical salaries and working conditions in your chosen career, see types of jobs.
According to the Engineering UK 2015 report, engineering accounts for a quarter of all UK turnover. Although engineering companies employ 5.4 million people there are only half as many graduates as employers need. This means employment prospects are good.
The industry is working to attract a more diverse workforce and encourage more women and people from a wider range of backgrounds to become engineers.
The pace of technological development is such that many of the jobs that engineers will be doing in five or ten years don't exist yet. Think back ten years, who would have known what an app developer was?
There are a number of growth sectors, including:
Other growth areas include: renewable energy; finding sustainable ways to grow food, build houses and travel; and advances in medical technology for an ageing population. There is also an increasing need for research and development into use of automation and robotics to perform functions for us.
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