6 surprising engineering careers for job seekers interested in tech

For engineers and techies, the career landscape is more promising than ever. With new and futuristic job titles popping up ranging from medical industries to aeronautical engineering, it’s time to get your head down and get planning!

1. Data systems/big data/database engineer

Nearly every imaginable industry is dabbling with data — so, naturally, data is a lucrative industry to pursue in 2016 and beyond.

Data engineers may work as either applications or systems software developers, and they generally manage complex systems or databases. Not only must these professionals oversee that all databases are functioning properly, they must be able to troubleshoot in the event of unreliable or invalid data, and they must also take responsibility for the security of information.

You may be surprised to learn that companies beyond tech behemoths like Amazon or Google are interested in big data. Fields from retail to healthcare are using big data to gain insights on customers or patients, keep detailed records, and track sales, growth and progress. Being able to construct the systems for capturing that data — and maintain them so they’re up to the standards of the latest tech trends — is an invaluable skill.

2. Graphics engineer

“Graphic designer” is a misnomer for many graphics professionals, including the graphics engineer. If you’re interested in a job in video gaming or application development, have a keen eye for design, love technology and tend to lean toward the more creative end of the spectrum, this may be an enticing career path.

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Some of the skills required of graphics engineering professionals include knowledge of a variety of programming languages, comprehension of 3D math, skills with motion graphics, and intricate knowledge of a plethora of both hardware and software systems. Possessing the ability to collaborate and a penchant for teamwork is also key. Often, these professionals must work with graphic designers or art directors to create a comprehensive, functional and visually stunning interface.

3. Medical tissue and organ engineer

Even as recently as ten years ago, this career was practically nonexistent. But major advances in modern medicine and technology, as well as an increased focus on regenerative medicine, have led to the ability for engineers and scientists to literally create tissue and even entire organs in a lab. This tissue is then transplanted onto (or into) living patients, replacing damaged organs, sections of skin or even entire body parts.

Engineers with a medical background or an interest in biomedicine may be well suited for such a career, which involves rigorous education and training regarding biochemical cell functions. Most professionals seeking to enter this field will want to consider an advanced degree.

4. Environmental engineer

This field is an umbrella term for engineers focused on sustainability, and can include professionals working for a variety of industries or government organisations. The job requires a degree of meticulousness and a passion for environmentalism, as well as innovative thinking about how to solve some of the world’s most pressing environmental concerns.

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A beautifully futuristic wind turbine collecting renewable energy

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Some of the potential jobs within this field may range from engineers who design new water treatment plants to engineers working on hybrid-electric vehicles, buildings or structures. They typically collaborate heavily with environmental scientists, urban planners and other specialists (such as lawyers) to tackle environmental problems from the ground up.

At this year’s COP21, which made headlines around the globe, nations from around the world pledged lofty goals for cutting carbon emissions — meaning that careers in this field are on the brink of an explosion.

5. Engineer diver

This career path is an engineering field that blends the passions of tech and diving.

These types of engineers may frequently work hands-on with bridge, tunnel and marine infrastructure construction, as well as with inspections and maintenance of a variety of underwater structures. This job may be the ideal career for someone who has a passion for or experience with structural engineering and sustainability; of course, the ability to stay calm under pressure (literally) and extremely strong diving skills are a must.

6. IT engineer

Though IT engineering isn’t exactly a new field, the industries within which IT jobs are becoming prevalent may surprise job seekers.

One of the best things about a career in IT is versatility: You can find a job in an office, at a startup, for a global financial institution, in a research lab or even remote positions or jobs that require local or international travel.

This career path is the perfect blending of tech and engineering. IT engineers are responsible for helping employers develop, install, configure, test and troubleshoot both hardware and software tools that help a company run smoothly. This is no easy task in a world in which companies worry about such a wide range of tech troubles: deciding upon a structure for cloud computing and storage, managing increasing security risks and pairing office tools with mobile devices are just a few of the issues facing businesses today.

Do you have grand ideas about how a company can incorporate its office software onto an Apple Watch? This may be the field for you.

So there’s loads of Engineer jobs that aren’t actually Engineering! But don’t worry of you’re a bit confused ‘cos we’ve got the courses for you. For your IT and Data Engineers, check these ones hereYour Medical courses are hereGraphics is hereand we’ve also got some Environment courses just here! Good to you, aren’t we?!

 

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