Versatility of an Engineering Career

What other careers/ job opportunities can engineering degrees provide (other than a specific engineering career)? For example, if i got a degree in biomedical engineering what careers or opportunities would i be qualified for other than being a biomedical engineer? How versatile are engineering degrees?
posted by Carmen, Illinois on March 29, 2012

Answer by Dr Kay C Dee

Hi Carmen, Great question. Engineering degrees are much more versatile than people think. For example, I?????????ve certainly seen people with undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering go on to work for companies that make all kinds of medical products, but many graduates also go on to graduate school in all sorts of engineering fields or in biology, go on to medical school, or go on to law school. I?????????ve also known people who graduated with undergraduate biomedical engineering degrees who then worked for consulting firms ????????? firms that basically ?????????lend????????? companies (not necessarily medical companies - banks, airlines, companies that make food products, etc.) teams of people who work on solving whatever problems those companies have. Working for a consulting firm can be exciting, because you get to work on many different kinds of problems, in diverse teams, and sometimes you get to travel around the world. I?????????ve known people with undergraduate degrees in biomedical engineering who have been hired by companies that make non-medical products ????????? snack foods, coffee, copy machines, etc. These companies (and the consulting firms) hired our biomedical engineering graduates because they had excellent communication skills, great teamwork skills, and were really good at thinking creatively and using logic to solve technical problems. You get to learn and practice all of those skills while completing an engineering degree. Thanks, KCD