There are many different types of engineers and, as such, many different qualifications. For almost any discipline, the minimum educational requirement is a bachelors degree. The most common engineering degrees include chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, environmental engineering, aerospace engineering, and nuclear engineering. Each has its own set of unique skills and qualifications. In addition to earning a degree, all states require licensing for professional engineers who offer their services directly to the public.
Strong mathematics and science skills are required for almost all of the various fields of engineering. Additional qualifications are often solid analytical skills, highly detail oriented, organized, imaginative and creative, innovative, and good written and verbal communication. Engineers must often be flexible enough to work well alone or on large and small teams. Aspiring engineers generally have a great interest in learning how things work.
The more experience the better when applying for any engineering job. Internships can help you improve your resume and increase your qualifications while still in school. You will also need work experience before applying for your Professional Engineer licensure. Depending on your field and the state you intend to practice in, you will need 3 to 4 years of supervised training before eligible to take the licensing test.
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