A bachelor of engineering degree is a popular choice among international students. According to a survey by Hanover Research (2014), engineering was determined as the second most popular choice for international students in the United States, behind only business administration and management. It is also a popular discipline among international students in the UK, as data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) found that among the 25 most popular subjects for international students in the UK, six were engineering disciplines which include civil engineering, chemical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

But what are the benefits of pursuing a bachelors in engineering? We will explore the answer to this question below.

An engineering degree is best pursued by individuals who love a challenge, love solving problems, and love maths and science.

Engineers are considered as some of the most bright minded professionals. Their job, regardless of which discipline, usually requires them to find solutions to problems, and make things work better and more efficiently. Be it, building bridges that are safe for you to drive on, or even building the engine in your car. Hence it won't be an exaggeration to say that engineers really make a difference in the world, and make our lives easier.

There are many disciplines in engineering such as electrical, mechanical, and computer engineering. Petroleum engineering however is considered as one of the highest paying engineering degrees. As the name suggests, this discipline deals with the production of hydrocarbons like crude oil and/or natural gas. Aerospace engineering is another great field and perfect for those interested in building aircrafts and spacecrafts. As you can see, the field of engineering is vast, thus allowing you to choose a discipline that is well suited to you.

The Benefits of Earning an Engineering Degree

If this has piqued your interest, your next question probably is  ‘what are the benefits of an engineering degree?’ Well, let’s take a look at what these are:

  1. Higher Mid-Career Salary

I’m sure you have heard that many degrees offer you a great salary. However the difference with an engineering degree is that, the starting salary may not seem very appealing but the long term future gains are tremendous.  A Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce (2016) report, titled ‘Economic Values of College Majors’ explored the phenomenon of which majors earn you a higher salary in the middle of your career, and in the top 10, engineering majors accounted for nine on this list. Yes nine! With the aforementioned petroleum engineering topping the list.

  1. Growing Your Skills

An engineering degree will help you discover and develop new skills. Because of the problem solving nature of engineering, you will improve your logical thinking and critical analysis skills. Having these skills will not only be helpful for your career, but they can also be helpful in everyday life. Furthermore it will qualify you for other career paths as well, should you choose not to enter the field of engineering.

  1. Variety of Job Options

Because the field of engineering is so vast, you will have a variety of options available to you. And if you wish to venture outside the field of engineering, then the logical thinking, and problem solving skills that you gained from this degree will make you a desirable candidate in other sectors as well, including business, finance, banking, and IT. In fact, the most common undergraduate major among the Fortune 500 CEOs is... yes, you guessed it, engineering!

  1. Making a Difference in the World

Engineers are paramount when it comes to building this. Mechanical engineers, help build our cars; civil engineers design and build roads and building; and who can forget the electrical engineers who build electronic gadgets like computers and mobile phones which have become an indispensable part of our daily lives. No matter what discipline you choose, as an engineer, you can be sure that you will be making a difference in people’s lives.

  1. In Demand

If you think that it would be difficult for you to get a job with an engineering degree, think again. According to CV-Library, an independent jobs site in the UK, engineering and education graduates were the most sought after by employers. In the US, a survey (2016) by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that 66% of employers said that they prefer to hire engineering graduates, second only to business graduates (69%). This should come as no surprise as having previously mentioned, the field of engineering, helps you develop many far-reaching skills.

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About the Writer: Mohammad Al Onaizi graduated from the American University of Kuwait with a Bachelor's in History and International Studies. He is currently a Marketing Trainee, living in Dubai. He loves sports, and has a passion for writing on subjects related to his own personal experiences and international education. He is currently in the process of writing his first fictional novel.