8 Unique Careers to Pursue with Your Engineering Degree

8 Unique Careers to Pursue with Your Engineering Degree

Happy National Engineering Week! Explore the robust career opportunities in an acclaimed field.

1.  Rev Up as a F1 Race Engineer

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An F1 race engineer strives to help the car and their racer reach their maximum potential. With an engineering degree, you could perfect the aerodynamics of the car, run lap simulations, analyze data of previous runs and predict refinements that might garner better results for future races.

2.  Innovate and Create with 3D Printers

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Although many dabble in acquiring some 3D printing skills, engineers are at the forefront filling the demand for 3D printing professionals. A recent study identified 35% of engineering jobs postings emphasize the need for 3D printing as a proficient skill. Fairfield University laboratories offer 3D printers that can create professional-quality high-resolution prototypes and complex models. ICYMI: During the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, students even used 3D printers to make PPE face shields to support local healthcare workers on the frontlines.

3.  Become a Hacker... (The Good Kind)

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The need for ethical professional hackers is increasing due to their resiliency in being able to protect corporations, governments, and organizations from cyber-attacks. They aim to get into networks and computer systems to find security flaws, predict attacks, and repair any breaches.

4.  Explore our Universe with NASA

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Curiosity is NASA’s largest and most capable rover exploring Mars’ surface. From mechanical, to electrical, to computer engineers—several disciplines come together to create rovers. Beyond that, some are also tasked follow movements, calculate distance, and keep rovers like Curiosity on target. Thanks to an artificial intelligence software update called Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Sciences (AEGIS), engineers are able to get more accurate information on the target they were interested in.

5.  Build a Career You're Passionate About at LEGO

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Yes, you read that right. With a degree in product/industrial design or mechanical engineering, you can be the creative mastermind behind LEGO sets and the machinery that manufactures the product itself.  

6.  Design a Skate Park

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Did you know engineers play an integral role in the planning and construction of skate parks? Engineers make sure that depth, angles, and distance create a safe area for skaters to ride. 

7.  Strut Your Knowledge in the Fashion Industry

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Engineers play a role in textile development, manufacturing, and design of different articles of clothing. They may be tasked with creating of a pair of running shoes, or help manufacturing breathable materials. They can even work in the live-event side of the industry. For the 2021 NYC Fashion Week, engineers participated in the construction of various structures and show elements to ensure that the events ran flawlessly for several brands including Coach and Bulgari.

8.  Move and Groove as an Audio Engineer

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If you love music and have an analytical mind, this might be the ideal profession for you. From recording in the studio to producing a live performance, audio engineers work with the technical aspects of sound to record, mix, and master music and ensure audio is equalized and amplified through speakers properly.

Last Modified: 08-08-2022 11:34 AM

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