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National Careers Week: Opportunities in engineering and technology

Published: 09/03/2023

A new report due to be published next week by EngineeringUK reveals that engineering and technology is the fourth most popular subject for first degree undergraduates and the most popular subject for postgraduate research students. It is also the fifth most popular subject when looking at all degree levels combined.

A preview of the ‘Engineering in higher education’ report, which examines the number and characteristics of engineering and technology students in higher education, has been released to mark the National Careers Week engineering spotlight day on 9 March.

The report highlights the positive employment prospects for students taking engineering and technology subjects at university. Data taken from the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveals that 71.8% of engineering and technology graduates were in paid employment 15 months after graduating, of which 60% were working in engineering companies.

Dr Claudia Mollidor, Head of Research and Evaluation at EngineeringUK, comments:

“Studying engineering and technology offers a huge range of exciting and rewarding career opportunities for young people – and there is currently a huge demand for these skills in the UK. As the spotlight falls on careers this week, we hope young people from all backgrounds will be encouraged by the excellent opportunities studying engineering-related subjects offers, and be inspired to pursue a career in the sector.”

To read more about the report, please visit the EngineeringUK website.