Career Opportunities in Engineering

Engineering is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege.

–Herbert Hoover

Individuals interested in Engineering and who enjoy problem solving will be able to pursue a rewarding and satisfying career in the numerous career fields available to an Engineering Graduate. Most graduates of undergraduate engineering programs follow one of three major career paths:

  1. Employment in a technical capacity including design (if you are imaginative and creative), analysis, development and testing usually in industry or government.
  2. Employment in engineering management and sales (if you love travelling and working with people), usually after a few years of technical experience.
  3. Employment in advanced research and/or teaching positions if you are interested in investigation or experimentation aimed at discovering new knowledge.

Engineering Internships

Internships are one of the best ways for college students to get real world experience of a job, thus giving them an edge during job hunting. This not only gives students hands on experience in an office or industry environment and become part of a team, but will also help them to gain valuable knowledge in their field of study. Students can also put to work the knowledge and lessons learned in a classroom and improve technical, oral and written communication skills. Some of the industries and organizations in the bay area that offer internships are NASA AMES research labs, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Lam Research and many others.

Engineering Career and Jobs Online Resources

Vocational Information Center - Engineering Science, and Math Careers
Explore careers in Engineering, Science and Math with the following links to job descriptions, which include information such as daily activities, skill requirements, salary and training required. To learn more about Engineering, Science and Math follow the related links in the career descriptions section.

Employment Outlook

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