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Engineering Open Day 2017.
03 August 2018 | Updated 15 August 2018

Research shows that those who’ve studied or who work in engineering, technical, scientific and mathematic careers earn more, save more and are more likely to own a home.

Career earning potential seems pretty good as well, with a third (34%) of those surveyed earning between £41,000 to £100,000 per annum, compared with just 7% of non-STEM workers

The research was undertaken by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to mark Engineering Open House Day on Friday 3rd August.



The in-depth analysis of pivotal life moments revealed the differences between those in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) pathways versus those who have chosen other, non-STEM pathways.

Over four times as many workers with a STEM background (51.5%) also started their careers with a salary of over £21,000, compared to only 11.3% of those in non-technical careers.

And this financial security translates into bricks and mortar. Nearly three quarters (73%) of the STEM respondents own a property, compared with 52% of the non-STEM contingent.

STEM workers were also more likely to save money with the majority (62%) being able to save 10-20% of each month’s salary, compared with the majority of non-STEM workers (75%) being able to save between 0-10% of theirs.

Those from a STEM pathway are over two and a half times more likely than non-STEM respondents to be working in their dream career.


Engineering Open House Day

Engineering Open House Day is coordinated by the IET. The day will see over 30 UK companies and organisations opening their doors to invite parents and children to learn about engineering through a series of talks, tours and demonstrations. The aim of the event is to inspire young people and their parents, to consider engineering as a rewarding, diverse and creative career.


Engineering shortfall

It is well documented that the UK faces a nationwide skills shortage. 203,000 people with engineering skills will be required each year to meet demand through to 2024 but it’s estimated that there will be an annual shortfall of 59,000 engineers and technicians to fill these roles.

Nigel Fine, Chief Executive of the IET, said: “Studying STEM subjects has many benefits – from higher earnings to greater job satisfaction. Along with the nationwide skills shortage and the Government’s focus on the Year of Engineering, there’s never been a better reason to get excited about a career in STEM. Engineering Open House Day is a great example of how the industry can work together to showcase the range of careers available to young people.”

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Picture: Engineering Open Day 2017.


Article written by Brian Shillibeer | Published 03 August 2018


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