Choosing what career path you wish to take can perhaps be one of the most important decisions you can take in your life. Owing to the time and effort you spend in studying towards a degree or discipline, having clarity on what career and industry you should enter is of critical importance.

For students, one of the most sought-after careers is mechanical engineering. The rate at which technological advances are sweeping the globe along with the exponential growth in tech companies, choosing a career in mechanical engineering can be a great investment into your future.

The discipline, which emerged after the 18th century Industrial Revolution, has evolved and extended to synthesise a wide range of sub disciplines as diverse as electrical and manufacturing engineering to biomechatronics, and chemical engineering, making it the broadest engineering discipline to date. The following are key reasons why mechanical engineering is a top choice as a career.

Growing Demand

The demand for mechanical engineers has been rising at a steady rate. Between 2009 and 2013, the growth in mechanical engineering jobs has risen by around 27 percent, and it is expected to rise further through 2017. Also, during the same 5 year period, the number of jobs created for mechanical engineers was 7,700. This healthy rise of jobs in the discipline suggests there is ample demand by companies to hire good talent.

Range Of Career Pathways

Apart from the fact that there are several mechanical engineering graduate jobs, you also have the advantage of choosing different career paths. Considering how the discipline involves with the design, development, and operation of mechanical parts, you have the advantage of working in the following industries and sectors:

  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Aerospace
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine
  • Sport
  • Railway
  • Power generation
  • Materials and metals

Owing to the combination of different sub-disciplines, you will avoid becoming restricted to one particular area of your engineering career. The flexibility to choose different industries and sector also lies in developing good soft-skills, such as problem solving, attention to detail, computer and programming literacy, and strong decision making. You can choose jobs, such as mining engineer, production manager, or technical sales engineer.

Enjoy High Salaries

Although salary levels are determined primarily by level of skills, employers, and experience, the average starting salary of mechanical engineers in Australia is $55,000 per annum. Once you reach a senior position in your career, you can expect a salary increase to $100,000 per annum.

Benefit From Global Opportunities

The world is increasingly being moved by engineers, and with the number of industries requiring efficient machines and mechanical parts, either directly or indirectly, it will create considerable opportunities for mechanical engineers not only in Australia, but also in UK, United States, and elsewhere.

Choosing mechanical engineering can help open your career to multiple career opportunities. In addition to good pay and career development, you can also utilise your skills in entrepreneurship.

Sources

https://www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/courses/mechanical-engineering/reasons-why-you-should-study-mechanical-engineering/

https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/mechanical-engineering

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Why Choose Mechanical Engineering As Your Career Path?

### April 9, 2017