With the rapid pace at which technology is moving it’s no wonder that those who chose to study the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines will find themselves in high demand upon graduation. Particularly those who have entered into an internship before graduation and have some real world experience to go along with their degree.
One may think that attending a brick and mortar college is the only way to obtain a degree of this sort however; many colleges and universities are recognizing the need for long distance learning. There are several outstanding educational facilities around the world that are now offering on-line courses for those who wish to enter into the STEM disciplines.
One of the fastest growing fields in engineering is that of Petroleum Engineering, which the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts will grow by 26 percent (much faster than most industries) from the years 2012 through 2022. A petroleum engineer typically holds a degree in petroleum engineering, but those holding a degree in chemical or mechanical engineering will find a career path as well. A petroleum engineer may design equipment for extracting hydrocarbons (which are natural gas or crude oil) from the earth, spend time in a laboratory performing research, or spend time at the drilling fields ensuring that the equipment is functioning properly and is in compliance with local regulations. The typical salary for a petroleum engineer is approximately $130,000 dollars annually, and due to the high demand of petroleum products there are jobs available all around the world for this type of work.
Another branch of engineering that is on the rise is that of Aerospace Engineering, also known as aeronautical or astronautica. An aerospace engineer will perform the research, construction, design and testing of both aircraft and spacecraft. They may also work in the defense industry designing and creating missiles and space stations for governments around the world. Many who work in the national defense industry must hold security clearance and go through strict background checks to be able to work in this field. Typically those who choose to become an aerospace engineer will go on to obtain their masters degree, and online Ph.D. programs are also available. Some of the courses offered via online study may include Space Habitat Course, which studies life support systems and human occupancy of a spacecraft. Other courses include but are not limited to Aerospace Mechanics, Air and Space Craft Design, Aerospace Environments, and Space Flight.
The field of engineering is growing faster every year. Nations around the globe are recognizing the value of investing in the education of their people and many are offering grants and other financial help for those who wish to learn. Education is a gift that no one can take away from you, and with online courses available it is easier to obtain that education than ever before.