Written by G. John Cole

Engineering is one of the most sought-after fields of study right now. For starters, there’s the salary. A newly graduated engineer takes home $57,000 on average, a figure that soars with additional training and experience.

But engineers aren’t just in it for the money. The work provides an inspiring daily challenge, particularly if you’re working in a field you love. And that’s the great thing about engineering: whether you’re excited by electronics, medicine, or energy, there is a demand for engineers in just about any field. It’s rare to find an engineer in a role they don’t like -- and even rarer to find one without a job at all.

That’s not to say an engineer is happy to sit still. Engineering is a career with tremendous prospects to move onwards and upwards. New roles, new teams, new challenges, on the way -- perhaps -- to becoming CEO. Engineering studies is how one in five Fortune 500 CEOs started out.

And perhaps most importantly of all, you’re making a difference along the way, in the grand tradition of everyone from the builders of the Roman aqueducts to Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Improvements in technology make engineering a desirable option

For a long time, you needed access to a lab to study engineering. But, thanks to new technologies, this is no longer the case.

New curricula allow engineers to complete most of their study online through cloud-based computing that provides access to versatile, highly-compatible applications. Modeling and simulation software provides virtual environments in which to learn the principles of engineering and develop and test new ideas. You can complement this work with occasional visits to a local campus or satellite lab for hands-on practice and contact time with professors.          

So long as you ensure your program is accredited, a web-based degree program can be the most cost-effective solution for aspiring engineers who want to further their career.

No need to move or quit your job

Professionals currently working in electrical engineering who are looking to advance their careers will appreciate the flexibility of online study.

Calibrate your study schedule to function with your work routine. Study online from home, a library or café, on your commute, or while traveling.

You can build on your existing bachelor’s degree by specializing, while broadening your professional network with online graduate students from around the world. Ultimately, this is great for employability, career advancement, salary – and, of course, your own satisfaction in developing your engineering skills.

Case study: University of Arizona’s College of Engineering

One program where this is the case is the Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering at University of Arizona’s College of Engineering, which gives the school’s nationally acclaimed on-campus program a virtual platform.

This flexible, interactive remote degree is led by expert instructors and researchers at the top of their field. The school is a leading engineering destination. Programs including Systems Engineering, Mining and Geological Engineering, and Industrial Engineering bring together a remote community of tomorrow’s innovators.

Studying remotely and interactively at the UoA’s College of Arizona is a first-rate way to advance your engineering career, made possible by advances in technology that mean forward-looking students no longer require constant ‘hands-on’ study.

Are you ready to step into the future?

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