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How to Become an Engineer: The Steps You Need to Take

How to become an engineer

September 8 2020 - Engineering continues to be one of the fastest-growing career fields because of its extreme diversity. Whether it be a computer science engineer or civil engineer, the career is broad. It pays the bills and provides plenty of hands-on options in the field.

But because of this extreme diversity, it can be overwhelming when trying to figure out where to start.

We'll break down how to become an engineer and what skill sets you may need to carry you over your career.

1. Decide What Field You Want to Go Into

Engineering is vast and diversified. The skill sets will vary depending on the field and deciding on what field to go into will decide the steps to become an engineer.

Keep in mind what you enjoy in life. If you're someone that loves to be in the field and helping others, try and avoid a field that requires a lot of office work.

If you're someone that enjoys sitting back and designing and learning about theory, look for a job that provides a lab or office for you rather than being outside all the time.

2. Look at Local Requirements

Your career will then get broken down into local requirements for your specific position. Looking at job requirements will let you know what companies are looking for before you even start your path towards being an engineer.

But every state and even every county has its own regulations on what an engineer needs to practice in the area. One job may require a degree while another requires a degree and a specific certificate.

3. Earn a Degree or Certificate or License

Once you have the path laid out, it is time to get to it. Approach one of the many engineering schools found throughout the world. Always aim for the best education possible, as it will make your life easier once you enter the workforce.

Certificates and licenses are ongoing. You will have to renew and get new ones as your career expands. Be sure to check out your specific engineer education requirements.

Check out these requirements for texas engineers and their continuing education requirements.

4. Apply for Jobs or Internships

Getting a job is the final step. Start putting out your resume and looking into engineering positions in your local area. But don't be shy, engineering can require a lot of travel, so be prepared to apply out of your comfort zone and be open to possible relocation.

If your degree program didn't offer hands-on internships throughout your college career, be sure to look into internships before entering the workforce. They can offer valuable experience and knowledge that simply can not always be taught in school.

Engineer career opportunities are plentiful, so be sure to check everywhere.

How to Become an Engineer: Key Takeaways

Learning how to become an engineer is no easy feat. It will require time and effort, but the pay off will be worth it. You can expect to design and work on amazing things in your lifetime.

For those looking to learn more about careers and tools to further it along, be sure to check out our other articles. If you know someone looking for a career change, be sure to share this article with them.

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