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Top 10 Highest-Paying Engineering Jobs in the World

I remember when I was about to choose an engineering course to study at the university. I rejected mechanical engineering because I thought it will lead to becoming a car mechanic; I rejected civil engineering because I thought they only build bridges. I thought to myself, “How often do we build bridges in this country?” I rejected electrical engineering because I thought they only work at the national electricity company, fixing power failure.

With that, I ended up with petroleum engineering. Living in an oil producing country, it’s not hard to see how that would lead to a fulfilling career.

Well, I later learned that my assumptions about these engineering fields were all wrong. You can actually build a successful career in any of these and most other engineering fields. Engineering is one of the fastest growing and highest paying professions in the world.

So today, we bring you the top 10 highest paying engineering jobs. While you are here, there is a video for this post up on Youtube. Consider subscribing to After School Africa for it and more educative videos like this one below:

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10. Civil Engineer

Contrary to my teenage self’s belief that civil engineers only build bridges, this engineering field is broken down into sub-disciplines:

  • Structural: probably the most prominent type of civil engineering. It involves the structural design and analysis of buildings, bridges, towers, tunnels, flyovers, offshore structures and other manmade projects.
  • Construction: Deals with the planning and logistical side of building and construction work, and is more business-focused.
  • Environmental: Involves sanitary engineering, including hazardous waste management procedures and environmental remediation work.
  • Transportation: Involves designing, monitoring and building transportation routes, including roads, highways, railway systems, canals, airports, ports and mass transit systems.
  • Coastal: Similar to water resources engineering (which focuses more on inland water management such as dams), coastal engineering deals with erosion and water defences particularly in vulnerable areas.

Although these are the more prominent areas, there are many other subspecialties. Aside from military engineering, this is the oldest engineering discipline in the world.

9. Mechanical Engineer

Well mechanical engineers don’t necessarily end up under the hood fixing cars. Mechanical engineering is a very broad discipline and, at its core, is essentially the design and maintenance of anything that is composed of moving parts. It requires a strong understanding and comprehension of the following key areas:

  • mechanics
  • dynamics and thermodynamics
  • materials science
  • structural analysis
  • electricity

It is the most common area of engineering and, as such, it is applicable across all industries and fields. As a result, mechanical engineers are highly employable by almost any large organization that owns factories or manufacturing plants.

8. Industrial Engineer

In a world where businesses are constantly looking to optimize production and manufacturing costs, eliminate wastefulness, and comply with environmental obligations, industrial engineers can be worth their weight in gold.

Tasked with identifying and implementing solutions to these problems, they combine data analysis with hands-on knowledge and awareness of on-the-ground practices, integrating machinery, people, materials and information into their processes. As a result, they need to be as adept in dealing with humans as they do anything mechanical.

7. Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical engineering is seen as the bridge between medicine and conventional engineering, using advances in biological science to develop machinery and tools that can help diagnose, monitor and treat medical conditions and injuries. There are many large biomed companies competing in this lucrative market such as Johnson & Johnson and the medical divisions of both Siemens and GE.

6. Electrical Engineer

Again, electrical engineers do a lot more than work with national electrical power companies fixing power failure. Electrical engineers are subject matter experts in all things electric, employing their finely tuned skills to a wide variety of industries, roles and locations. They can be responsible for designing and running power stations as well as developing commercial products or designing and implementing control systems. Basically, if there’s an AC current involved, then it’s likely that an electrical engineer will have had something to do with it. As a result, electrical engineers are employable in nearly every industry and, as technology advances, so too do their job and salary prospects.

5. Chemical Engineer

Chemical engineers do more than spend their career in a chemistry laboratory. Although there is a demand in academia and research, chemical engineers typically work for commercial businesses who seek to transform chemicals, materials and energy sources into usable products such as plastics and other synthetics. As well as traditional engineering skills such as science and mathematics, the commercial nature of this job also demands a working knowledge of economics. There are many large multinational companies that specialize in chemical engineering.

4. Software Engineer

Software engineers write, test, implement and update the software code that is used by computers, applications and other digital platforms. As a result, it’s important to possess excellent programming skills as well as an aptitude for problem solving. As we move further into the digital age, software engineer jobs are increasing year-on-year, and it is predicted to be one of the most common and important jobs of the near future.

Although any company that runs its own databases requires software engineers, they form the core working body of many innovative tech giants such as Apple, Google and Facebook.

3. Computer / Hardware Engineer

Hardware engineering (not to be confused with software engineering) is a combination of electrical engineering and computer science and is used to build the components that are used in computers, network systems and other commercial products. As our world becomes increasingly digital, computer engineering is emerging as a sought-after and highly valued profession. As an added bonus, many of the companies who are seeking these skills are often named among the top companies to work for.

2. Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineering is basically concerned with the development and maintenance of either aircraft (aeronautical) or spacecraft (astronautical). Due to its complex nature, it’s usually broken down and divided into further engineering sub-disciplines such as avionics, aerodynamics and propulsion. Most of the large aircraft manufacturers, such as Boeing and Airbus, offer positions directly, although it is also possible to work for part-specific companies such as GE or Rolls-Royce (who build engines). This is generally the second highest paying engineering jobs in the world.

The highest paying engineering job is the world is

Petroleum Engineer

The discovery and recovery of natural oil and gas resources is perhaps the most lucrative business enterprise in the world. In fact, six of the top ten richest companies in the world by revenue are oil and gas companies. And in such a high-stakes industry, energy companies rely primarily on the expertise of petroleum engineers – experts on the physical behaviour of water, oil and gas. Petroleum engineers are compensated handsomely by the global energy companies that hire them. The drawback is that petroleum engineers are restricted to a particular industry.

In conclusion, careers in engineering are enormously varied, with the opportunity to work in fascinating fields and get well paid – especially in the energy and IT sectors.

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