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What is it?


The engineering job sector covers a huge range of employment - with hundreds of different job roles involved. Engineering is about developing ideas for designing, manufacturing and maintaining machinery, products and materials.  It's a creative industry with a need to develop new, better but cost effective and safe solutions to practical problems.

Engineering has a huge impact on our lives as everything we use, such as phones, games consoles and laptops, and may need, such as x-ray machines in hospitals - has been designed and developed by an engineer.  Engineers also need to develop new ideas and products to respond to our needs, such as looking at renewable energy technology, the challenges of climate change or the next generation of MP3 players.

To make it easier to find the information you need for your career planning we have split this wide sector into the main job areas of:

  • Aerospace and Defence
  • Chemical
  • Electrical and Electronic
  • Materials
  • Mechanical
  • Medical

We've also put together information about the whole engineering sector including:

Engineers also work in other sectors such as construction and built environment

Want to know more?

To give you a snapshot of this large job sector  we have outlined some of the jobs on offer including informaiton about the main entry routes, the job market and future trends - we have not included all the jobs on offer in each sector.

You can also use the National Careers Service website to find out about 100s of jobs and careers, including the ones listed above and many, many more.

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Job Sector Factsheet, updated December 2011