Engineering graduates are in a fortunate position to be able to work in a wide variety of different industries or sectors. These can include roles in the public or private sector, with roles in traditional engineering companies right through to consulting firms who are seeking highly talented engineering graduates to join their ranks, to assist mainly their clients and advise on projects.
If you can think of an industry, there is probably a job for an engineering student!
Depending on where your interests lie and which type of major you’ve selected, you may want to try looking for graduate employment with the main companies in your area of specialisation. For example, an Electrical Engineer might try applying at Schneider Electric, while a Software Engineer might choose amongst the plethora of software companies that hire graduates like Microsoft or Datacom.
According to Engineering New Zealand, the top five industries hiring graduates are:
The average salary for experienced engineers is around $129,786. For graduates, this varies between $50,000 for more entry-level roles and sometimes stretching up to $65,000. However, the world is your oyster with an engineering degree, and as a result, employers like Deloitte offer generous graduate salaries stretching up towards the $80,000 mark if you start as an Analyst.
The need for Engineers has been increasing over the past few years. With the increased demand amongst engineering employers, plus consulting, banking, finance and IT companies trying to attract the best engineering talent to join their graduate program, there will be no shortage of roles anytime soon.
And it would be remiss for us not to advise to keep a close eye on the GradNewZealand job board for all the latest graduate and internship engineering jobs available. You can also sign up for free to receive job alerts which are sent straight to your inbox!