07/04/2021

Categories: Civil Engineering, Postgraduate

Is Engineering Management the Happiest Job in the World?

Engineers have the happiest jobs in the world, according to research. We deep-dive into the reasons why graduates in this field have the biggest smiles on their faces…

We all dream of a job that makes us happy. But sadly, many of us work in careers that don’t fulfil our personal and emotional needs. Even those who start off excited and enthusiastic in their line of work can end up feeling bored when there’s not enough to challenge them.

But working as an engineering project manager can give you amazing job satisfaction, as well as opportunities for progression (such as senior management, director of engineering or even partner).

According to a Guardian analysis of nine different surveys, engineers are pretty happy with what they’re doing. And here we look at why this is! 

 

Engineers are respected (and also in demand)

Engineering graduates of every type are in demand in the UK and worldwide, according to research by Michael Page. So there has never been a better time to invest in new skills and future-proof your career.

The University of Bolton’s MRes Engineering Management course is ideal for anyone looking to take the next step in their profession, and can be a route to pursuing Chartered Engineer (CEng) status.

Due to engineers being in demand, you will become highly respected and will find it easy to find work across a range of industries. 

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You’ll become a whizz at problem-solving

There’s something extremely empowering about turning problems into workable solutions. Not only does it make you feel a great sense of achievement, but it’s humbling when you see your design in action, helping and improving the lives of others.

According to Pertemps: “Finding solutions to problems and seeing them come to life is what makes being an engineer so satisfying.”

With problem-solving being a transferable skill, it can provide you with advantages across every area of life, not just the workplace. From relationships to managing things in the home, having an engineer’s mind is extremely beneficial.

There’s great earning potential

Although job satisfaction outweighs pay for most graduate engineers and engineering project managers, the money is a perk that also makes the profession very appealing.

Some of the highest paid engineering management and director of engineering jobs are in growing sectors such as Aerospace, Big Data, Biomedicine, Computing, Electronics, Environmental and Earth Science, Nuclear, and Petroleum engineering.

With so many high-paid sectors to choose from, it’s possible for engineering graduates to pursue a career in an area that aligns with their hobbies or passions. This is even more reason to love going to work!

What you do actually matters

Another reason engineers are so happy is because what they do actually affects people, in a very direct and measurable way.

According to a graduate who spoke to TARGETjobs, it’s important to enjoy your job and the key is finding satisfaction in results:

“Engineering gives me satisfaction as I am always dealing with real situations where I can improve and influence.”

As an engineering project manager, you will find it easy to be included, and your ideas and suggestions will have a lot of weight in your organisation.

 

If this sounds like the sort of career you’d like to pursue, find out more about our MRes Engineering Management course which starts in September 2021.

At the University of Bolton, we rank in the Top 5 in the UK for Teaching Quality*, and have been voted No.1 for Student Satisfaction** for three years running. So there’s nowhere better to apply for your master’s.

See our course page for full details.

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