Jobs in 2020

Engineers are hot property in today’s job market. This rapidly evolving discipline touches just about every facet of modern industry, from mining to microchips.

“Employers are looking for engineers with practical skills and work preparedness. That’s why our engineering degrees include 60 days of supervised work placement in an engineering environment. It pays off – most of our students have jobs before they graduate,” said Professor Andrew Rose from Southern Cross University’s School of Environment, Science and Engineering.

Southern Cross offers undergraduate Honours degrees that specialise in either civil, mechanical or coastal systems engineering. The newest of these in coastal systems engineering responds particularly to industry demand for expertise in floodplain engineering and hydrology as well as coastal zone and wastewater management. For the first time in 2020 the University will offer an entry-level Diploma and Associate Degree in Civil Construction (Engineering and Management), giving people working in the construction industry the opportunity to expand their skills and move up into other job roles or progress to further studies in professional engineering.

The University also offers a specialist postgraduate double degree in engineering management and business administration as well as a Master of Engineering Management. Engineering managers are in strong demand with very strong job growth predicted for the next five years.

Five hot engineering jobs

The Australian Government’s Job Outlook predicts growth rates for jobs in the next five years. These jobs are in the top categories slated for very strong growth:

Engineering Managers

Engineering Managers plan, organise, direct, control and coordinate the engineering and technical operations of organisations. Engineering Managers are leaders who work across a spectrum of industries. They could be experts in strategic infrastructure asset management, stakeholder engagement, engineering for a sustainable future and project management.

ICT support and test engineers

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Support and Test Engineers develop procedures and strategies to support, create, maintain and manage information communication and technology systems. These engineers are great problem solvers who develop procedures and strategies for quality assurance in systems. 

Natural Resources Engineers

These engineers work with land, soils, air and water as well as agriculture and animals. Their work involves developing systems for using and maintaining these resources and dealing with their waste or end products or recycling them.

Environmental Engineers

The work of an environmental engineer might involve the design and efficient use of resources, treatment of air, water and wastewater as well as pollution control, systems design

Engineering Technologist

Engineering technologists carry out specific and complex engineering tasks. They might work in product design, testing or production roles.

Engineers earn an average salary of $103,347 according to jobs portal seek.com.au, with the highest paid engineering jobs in Management, Project Management and Systems Engineering. (2017 data).

Read more about studying engineering at Southern Cross