Engineering Career Paths: What to Expect from Different Industries

The world is your oyster if you’re pursuing a career in engineering. Demand for engineers in many specialized fields will only continue to grow, hand in hand with advances in technology, medicine, and virtual and augmented reality, to name just a few.  

Engineers typically have high earning potential in whichever industry they select. Here’s a snapshot of several engineering disciplines: 

Where Can an Engineering Career Take You?


Aerospace engineers develop new technologies for aircraft and spacecraft and design, build and test them.  


These engineers work closely with healthcare professionals to create new medical devices, including implants, prosthetics, monitoring systems, and surgical techniques.  


Chemical engineers are charged with solving problems and creating innovations involving chemicals, food, fuel, etc. Much of their time is devoted to designing equipment and systems to ensure safety in various products. 


The responsibilities of civil engineers center on designing, building, and testing large infrastructure projects, including highways, bridges, tunnels, and railroads. 

Data Science and Computational 

This emerging profession combines mechanical and electrical engineering elements with computer programming and data analytics principles. These engineers have cross-disciplinary expertise that enables them to solve problems using statistical modeling, algorithms, and other techniques derived from working large data sets.  


Electrical engineers design and build various communication systems and infrastructure components, including laptops and smartphones. They are also instrumental in designing the circuitry of devices related to the Internet of Things (IoT). 


Environmental engineers work to create systems that emit less pollution and waste and maintain compliance with environmental regulations. 


Industrial engineers ‘ responsibilities are improving product quality and lowering production costs by designing facilities, systems, and equipment to ensure they operate at their full potential. 


Using computer software, mechanical engineers design, build and test thermal and mechanical devices. They also inspect and maintain machinery and equipment. They commonly work with vehicles, farm machinery, construction machines, and other tools. 


Nuclear engineers develop instruments and processes related to radiation and nuclear energy, including spacecraft and medical systems. Among their primary goals are ensuring that safety standards are met and that power plants follow protocol. 


Robot design and behavior control are two areas of responsibility for robotics engineers. Others include autonomous robots, application research, algorithm creation, mechanical maintenance, and the social implications of robotics. 


These professionals design, build, test, and repair load-bearing structures such as bridges, buildings, tunnels, towers, and dams.  

Virtual and Augmented Reality 

Engineers with hardware and software expertise are involved in creating the next generation of virtual and augmented reality tools, which use visors or displays to project new imagery on top of what someone sees with their naked eyes. VR/AR has myriad applications in gaming, advertising, and other fields. 

Kickstart Your Career with Venteon

To learn more about any of these options as you take your engineering career to the next level, contact Venteon Technical today. Our technical recruiters understand engineering and will connect you with our vast network of leading employers in the Midwest and beyond. 

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