Engineering Recognized for Saving the World
Many students come to LCS and study engineering in order to help solve the world’s most challenging problems. From healthcare to alternative energy to water supply, the know-how of engineers puts ideas into practical use. So I wasn’t surprised when I stumbled across a recent report by Money magazine that listed the “20 Best Jobs in America for Saving the World” and found that the list included environmental engineer, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, and nuclear engineer. Here are some comments from career profiles in the report:
Environmental engineer: "If you relish the challenge of coming up with evironmentally sound solutions to real-world problems; this is a job for you. As world population spurs more concerns about the impact of human activity on the environment, this profession will be in high demand."
Mechanical engineer: "Whether building a prototype car or a robot for space exploration, mechanical engineers take far-out ideas and make them reality."
Civil engineer: "Masterminds behind the nation's bridges, roadways, water and sewer systems and other public works, civil engineers design infrastructure that's critical to our daily lives. You get to leave your mark while enjoying a workday that requires creative, hands-on problem solving."
Aerospace engineer: "Aerospace engineers are at the forefront of innovation, applying advanced technologies to make air and space travel faster and more efficient."
Nuclear engineer: "Nuclear engineers look for ways we can benefit from nuclear energy and radiation. You may find yourself designing reactors or developing new medical imaging technology."
There’s also a great website that describes occupations in the “Green Careers” sector of the economy. Browse the Bureau of Labor Statistics website to read about green careers in recycling, electric vehicles, green construction, solar power, and wind energy.