According to Merriam-Webster.com:

sexy

adjective \ˈsek-sē\

: sexually appealing, attractive, or exciting

: having interesting or appealing qualities

sex·i·er  sex·i·est

So a more apt title for this post would be “Engineering has interesting or appealing qualities!” Doesn’t have as much of a ring to it, does it?

Society does not do a great job of making engineering sexy.

This Ryan Gosling meme does a better job at making engineering sexy.

I love the Big Bang Theory, but this TV show focuses nerdy scientist in love with his beautiful neighbor but it takes them years to date because he’s too smart for her. I love my siblings, but when I tried to encourage my brother to consider joining a FIRST Robotics team, my sister adamantly dissuaded him because it would be “social suicide”. We allow children to start giving up when they say, “I’m not good at math” which we would never do if they said, “I’m not good at reading.” As an engineer, I’m a geek and a nerd taking classes that are “way too hard for me” as everyone I ran into in my hometown told me the past four weeks. Not very interesting or appealing, is it?

Currently, I don’t think I’ve been doing a great job of making engineering sexy enough either.

So without further ado…

Top 10 Reasons Engineering is Sexy

(has interesting or appealing qualities)

  1. Engineers make a difference! Whether it’s making things people use everyday or creating new technology to change the world, engineers are making the world a better place every single day.
  2. Engineers are extremely employable! The US needs more STEM graduates which is why the typical University of Illinois engineering student receives at least two full-time job offers
  3. Engineers do cool things everyday! A family friend who graduated last year currently works for GM breaking engines, pulling them apart and then figuring out why they broke.
  4. Engineers can do anything! Are you interested in health care, food, law, or banking? Engineers can create new medical devices such as a contact that monitor diabetics’ glucose levels, manufacture their favorite foods like Hershey’s chocolate, work in patent law or be finance engineers!
  5. Engineers make a lot money! Here at the University of Illinois, engineers have the highest starting salary out of all majors.
  6. Engineers are creative! Engineers are constantly thinking of new ideas so they can make the world a better place.
  7. Engineers can work anywhere in the world! Every country in the world needs engineers which is why many companies offer international rotation programs to allow their employees to go see the world.
  8. The 2008 US Olympic men’s swim team set 16 records.

    Engineers have good job security! The market just crashed? Everyone still needs engineers to fix roads and make daily items like shampoo and laundry detergent.

  9. Engineers have new projects to work on everyday! Instead of sifting through paperwork all the time, engineers constantly have new, exciting problems to solve.
  10. Engineering is always exciting! Everyday, I learn something new about science that makes me rethink the world whether its why water heats up in the microwave but nitrogen doesn’t or how the design of 2008’s US Olympic swimmers’ bathing suits helped them break records.

This talk was inspired by a Big Beacon Twitter chat on January 15. You can read more about it here. Thanks for reading, commenting, sharing, etc. and have an awesome week!

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