Engineering Careers

DiscoverE is here to help you explore the exciting world of engineering careers and discover the endless possibilities they offer. Did you know that engineers, technologists, and technicians are changing the world all of the time? In an engineering career, you’ll dream up creative, practical solutions and work with other smart, inspiring people to invent, design, and create things that matter.


Types of Engineering Careers




Agriculture & Biosystems

Agriculture & Biosystems



Chemical Engineering


Civil Engineering


Computer Science

Computer Science

Electrical Engineering


Environmental Engineering


Industrial Engineering




Materials Science

Materials Science

Mechanical Engineering


Nuclear Engineering

Mining & Metallurgical

Nuclear Engineering


Project Management


Materials Science

Project Management

5 Reasons to Love Engineering

1 Engineering Is Open to Everyone!

Engineering teams are made up of several different positions―specialists and technicians with associate degrees to technologists with bachelor’s degrees and professional engineers— that work collaboratively to invent, design, and create things that matter.

2Earn a Big Salary

Engineers not only earn lots of respect, but they’re highly paid. Even the starting salary for an entry-level job is impressive! Engineering may be your path to financial freedom.

3Make a Difference

Everywhere you look you’ll see examples of engineering having a positive effect on everyday life. Things like cleaning up ocean garbage, developing sustainable and clean energy sources, and redesigning highways and roadways to reduce accidents.

4Be a Creative Problem Solver

Engineering is a great outlet for the imagination—the perfect field for independent thinkers. Creative problem-solving will take you into uncharted territory, and your colleagues’ ideas will expose you to different ways of thinking. Be prepared to be fascinated and to have your talents stretched in ways you never expected. 

5Work with Great People

Engineering takes teamwork, and you’ll collaborate with all kinds of people inside and outside the field. Whether they’re designers or architects, doctors or entrepreneurs, you’ll be surrounded by smart, inspiring people.

What is licensure & why is it important?

Licensed professional engineers, P.E.s, are charged with preserving the essentials that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public. By meeting standards in education, exams, and experience, professional engineers demonstrate that they have the skills and knowledge needed to perform their jobs. As licensed professionals, they must continue to practice in a manner that is both technically competent and ethically sound. Their first responsibility is to protect the public.

Learn What Engineers Do

Fitness Trackers and the Evolution of Medical Technology

Wearable devices that only track steps and heart rate are so 2019. The next big trend is devices that track specific health issues, like wearable continuous glucose monitors for diabetes patients.

Combine this with 5G sensors that can transmit the data directly to health care professionals and we’ll begin to see a big shift in patient monitoring and personalized care.

Recyclable Sneakers?

Your sneakers are stinking up more than just your closet. Did you know that 90% of shoes end up in landfills? Yet, when a car reaches the end of its life cycle up to 80% of a car can be recycled. Why the difference? It’s mostly a result of the manufacturing process. Traditionally, companies don’t think about what happens when a product reaches the end of its usual life.

But a new commitment to an idea called circular economy is changing that mindset. Its challenging companies and communities to design waste out of manufacturing process and to think about future uses of the materials that make up your sneakers once they are no longer in style or fit.

Meet Some Engineers

“Some [of the] key moments throughout my life in Puerto Rico that made me want to become a civil engineer are things that should not be happening in society.”

From a young age, Colón De La Cruz recognized his community’s failing infrastructure conditions. Driving over a pothole should not put travelers at risk, like it did his family. Nor should the daytime sky turn dark because of falling ash from a nearby landfill, as it did when he was five.

Dedicated to his homeland, he made the difficult decision to decline a job offer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Instead, he focused his attention on the Puerto Rico Infrastructure Report Card. A trailblazing team of about 20 people helped support, motivate, and inspire him. It now serves as an important tool for the government in reconstructing Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria’s devastation and reinventing what its future will look like. The report has since garnered international media coverage and has been notably referenced by U.S. President Joe Biden during his 2020 election campaign.

Hector Colon De La Cruz
Civil Engineer
O&M Consulting Engineering

“I often meet in person with industry experts who make buildings more energy efficient.”

As an energy engineer, I often meet in person with industry experts who make buildings more energy efficient. I use what I learn from them as I walk through different kinds of buildings, finding ways to make them use less energy. I email and talk with people at the Department of Homeland Security to help them with their energy management program. I write about new ways to convey the message of how important energy efficiency is to my clients, who mostly work in different federal agencies. Recently my colleagues and I wrote the guidelines for the student design competition 2017 U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero, which hundreds of students participate in every year. Throughout the week, I’m on the phone and using email as I oversee project budgets, scope new opportunities for clients, and make staff plans.

With all of these responsibilities, my days are never the same! It is immensely satisfying to know that everything I do helps people save energy by making buildings more efficient and by using renewable energy.

Rachel Romero
Energy Engineer,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Engineering Trends


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