Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Jason Ruane from Intel to give some advice for people considering this job:
Possibly useful qualities/interests:
A predisposition towards technical problems, such as puzzles or machinery. An interest in the nature of how things work, such as the desire to disassemble machinery/gadgetry to unlock its inner workings.
An inventive side; one who uses the parts of other gadgets, to make a new personalised gadget. Interested in high tech gear: gadgetry of all forms.
A capacity to learn processes for oneself e.g. seeing a puzzle solved and then repeating it.
Skills: Technical subjects such as Maths or electronics. Programming is very accessible to anyone with a basic home PC and some internet connection so try it out and see if you like it.
Values: If you value the solving of an intricate, convoluted problem, for it's own sake and find that rewarding, then any engineering job will come easily.
Education: Firm basis in Maths and the sciences. People are hired into engineering positions here from backgrounds such as science and computing primarily.
What are your interests?
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
Uses mathematics to solve problems in industry, commerce and technology.
35k > 65k
Studies the chemistry of animals and plants and analyses their cells and tissues.
28k > 60k
Studies the effects of human activities on the environment by conducting tests and analysing data.
24k > 49k
Astronomer / Astrophysicist
Astronomers research stars, planets and the universe. They study and analyse maps, space, and the universe at large, using information from telescopes and satellites.
30k > 65k
Studies the elementary constituents of matter and radiation, and the interactions between them.
k > k
Meteorologist / Weather Forecaster
Studies the weather and weather systems to forecast future weather conditions.
25k > 70k
Performs engineering duties in planning and designing tools, engines, machines, and other mechanically functioning equipment.
25k > 65k
Investigates atmospheric phenomena and interprets meteorological data gathered by surface and air stations, satellites, and radar to prepare reports and forecasts for public and other uses.
k > k
Studies the oceans and seas of the world, how they work and what they do.
25k > 57k
Researches, designs, develops, and tests electronic components and systems for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.