Engineering jobs in global development: What you need to know

Members of the Penn State chapter of Engineers Without Borders lead Covenant Preparatory School students in a basic engineering activity building structures out of straws. In international development, opportunities abound for people with an engineering background. Photo by: Penn State / CC BY-NC

In international development, opportunities abound for people with an engineering background. Roles can range from overseeing a bridge construction project in a post-conflict country to expanding telecommunications in a rural area to designing an innovative solution to a water and sanitation challenge.

In essence, engineers can fit into different roles not only because of their skills but also because of their problem-solving mindset.

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    Ma. Eliza Villarino

    Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.