by Staff - Original publish date: February 19, 2014

Broadly, the engineer's job is to apply scientific and mathematical principles to solve problems and/or fill human needs. This can range from planning a bridge to sending a person in space to inventing medical instruments. Since an engineer's solution should be fully functional, economical, and compatible for human use, an engineer's job may also consist of testing for these many critical factors.

Engineering is a field broken down into specialty areas, including but not limited to: Aerospace engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, and mechanical engineering. Some of these fields may overlap as engineers work toward common goals while modern life continues to evolve and present new challenges.

A Bachelor's degree in Engineering (usually a B.S.) is generally required for entry-level engineering jobs. Most bachelor's degrees in engineering consist of math, science and design classes as well as classes in a concentration (area of specialization) and general engineering classes. Most programs offer a mix of practical lab work and theoretical research. Online engineering degrees can be accessed from these online colleges.

Another option for those aspiring to work in the field of engineering is to follow a 2- to 4-year engineering technology program. These programs teach students a variety of hands-on skills that can be applied directly in the work force, and graduates of these programs may be eligible for some of the same jobs open to candidates with Bachelor's degrees. A graduate degree in one of the major engineering disciplines can be a great career decision as well. You can also review these online degrees and training courses.

Job prospects for aspiring engineers vary by specialty, with the greatest outlook in the following fields: biomedical engineering, civil engineering, environmental engineering, and industrial engineering. But as the number of engineering graduates is expected to be roughly the same as the number of available jobs, skilled and educated candidates shouldn't have a problem in today's job market.

Because of the importance of an engineer's work in such high-level industries, engineers are generally paid very high salaries, —one of the highest average starting salaries of any profession.

As virtually every job in the engineering field requires extensive knowledge of computer programs and software, distance learning can be a great way to pursue your engineering degree. What better way to prepare yourself for such a computer-related field than by using your own computer to get there?

Distance learning offers the kind of flexibility and personalized time-table that many traditional programs do not, without sacrificing the hands-on skill preparation needed for serious work in the field. But as each program differs in scope and emphasis, it is important to do your research. And that is how eLearners is designed—to serve you in making an informed decision about your schooling and the career you want out of it.

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