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Engineering is the ideal field for people with a very strong grasp of math and science and a very analytical minds. Engineering jobs require at least a four-year degree, usually in engineering, although in some cases related degrees, such as mathematics or physical science, may be accepted instead. Engineers specialize in different fields, such as mechanical, civil, aerospace, chemical and industrial engineering.

Engineers have some of the highest starting salaries of any field. Because such an extensive education is required in order to become an engineer, and in order to focus an engineer�s time as much as possible, there are many related support positions. Often right below an engineer is an engineering technology graduate, usually the graduate of a specialized four-year degree program. These programs usually focus more on practical design and production. While graduates may be employed in similar entry-level positions to traditional engineers, they are not eligible to register as professional engineers.

Another support position is that of an engineering technician. Almost all engineering technicians have a two-year Associate degree and, like engineers and engineering technology graduates, they specialize in a specific discipline. Training is available at technical institutes, community colleges and similar institutes, and certification, while not required, can be an asset when looking for a job.

Some related careers include positions such as computer-aided drafting (CAD) technicians, also known as drafters, who work with the engineers to draw out the designs and blueprints. Surveyors, who establish and confirm legal boundaries, also offer vital support for environmental and civil engineering projects.

See also Drafting & Architecture

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