What are the employment prospects for engineers?

Engineering is one of the most in demand jobs globally. A recent survey found that 92% of engineering undergraduates were working or pursuing further study 6 months after graduating. Between now and 2024, we expect over 2.5 million job openings to arise in the engineering sector. Engineering represents around 20% of total UK employment.



How much do engineers get paid?

The average starting salary for engineering and technology graduates is around £26,000, which is approximately 20% higher than the average starting salary for all graduates.


With experience, average salaries can be over £45,000 with specialist roles and Chartered Engineers even higher.


Many engineering employers also pay apprentices well above the statutory rate.



What else can I do with engineering qualifications?

The skills that engineers develop are highly transferable. Engineers can be found working in finance, IT, teaching, project management and senior management roles in public and private organisations.



What types of engineering are there?

Engineering is a diverse, wide-reaching sector. For a detailed overview of different types of engineering, look here.



Where can I get work experience?

Work experience is a great opportunity to learn more about a role or sector.


Many work experience opportunities are organised on a case by case basis so ask your school, college, family and friends for links with engineering organisations. Contact companies that interest you or local universities directly to see if they have any opportunities for you.


Some companies may have established work experience programmes. Look on their website to see about any advertised opportunities. If they already have a programme, such as those run by large companies like BAE Systems, MBDA, and Rolls-Royce, check the dates available, their eligibility criteria, and fill out their application.


The STEM Exchange acts as a matching service, providing teachers and young people (aged 14 and over) with the opportunity to access face-to-face science, technology, engineering and maths experiences offered by employers.


In2Science is an award-winning charity that empowers Year 12 students from disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve their potential and progress to STEM and research careers through high quality work placements and careers guidance.


The EDT help place school leavers and undergraduates with companies and also offer a variety of experiences and projects. 


How can I get involved with engineering now?

There are lots of opportunities to develop your skills and experience engineering while you're at school, including through courses, competitions, awards, and quizzes.


EDT offer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths) experiences for 7-17 year olds, giving you the opportunity to work on hands-on challenges and gain a nationally recognised Industrialised Cadets award. 


You could also get involved by doing these activities with your friends and class mates or set up a school engineering club.



I am a teacher – what support can you give?

All our films can be accessed from the This is Engineering YouTube channel and are free to use in schools.


The Royal Academy of Engineering runs education programmes. Read more on our website and get in touch if you want to get involved.


Download free learning and teaching resources to enrich the STEM curriculum. These curriculum-based learning activities have been developed in partnership with school teachers and engineers to engage Key Stage 2 and 3 students and can be used in the classroom, at STEM clubs and on challenge days.


Why not invite an engineer into the classroom? Speakers for Schools have a network of leading figures in their fields who can be invited to speak in schools.



How can I get involved in the This is Engineering campaign?

We have had a very positive response to our campaign and we welcome anyone who wants to get involved. Please help us by spreading the word about the campaign; like and share on social media, and tell your friends!


If you are interested in becoming a campaign partner, please contact us here.

Links and resources

Engineering at University
Vocational Qualifications
Engineering fields