Now, the term engineer or engineering may appear to be referencing just one type of field, industry, or career path, but it's a lot more complex than that. See, the world of engineering is immensely vast, with engineers touching just about every type of product, invention, and process that you can possibly imagine.
There are automotive engineers; mechanical engineers; electrical engineers; civil engineers; bio engineers, nuclear engineers - the list goes on and on, up to 21, according to this video:
But though all of these engineers work in different specialties, there are a number of certain characteristics that unite them all - skills and talents that every engineer needs. The characteristics that I often hear the most are:
- The ability to collaborate and work as a team
- Communication, both verbal and written
- Being able to think critically and creatively to solve problems
- An appreciation and understanding of math, science, and technology, and how they're all used in creating solutions
If you want to dive a little deeper into these different types of engineering specialties and get a better feel for education requirements and career advancement prospects, visit these links:
Engineer Careers List
Degrees & Careers in Engineering: How to Become an Engineer
Finally, browse the Web site of my friend, Charles Discasey. Casey, as he goes by, is a mechanical engineer here in the Milwaukee area. He also holds the designation of professional engineer, a testament to his mastery of engineering concepts and dedication to his craft and profession. He owns his own business, DKC Engineering LLC. Because Casey works for himself, he not only has to know engineering - he also has to know the skills that go with business ownership and entrepreneurship, as well.
I hope you found this information to be helpful. Thanks for dropping by, and best of luck to you as you continue exploring career options! There's an endless sea of possibilities out there. Don't be afraid to research and ask questions.