Women back engineering careers, Atkins survey finds

An overwhelming 98% of women engineers regard engineering as a rewarding career choice according to a survey from Atkins.

Seven in eight women believe greater awareness is needed of what engineers do to encourage more females into the sector, the Atkins poll of 300 female engineers found. Over half think potential students are put off by the idea that engineering is 'too difficult', Atkins' survey reported. And three quarters believe engineering is still seen by girls as a male only career. Around 40% of respondents to the Atkins survey had gone into engineering because of a family connection, most frequently their father, who was an engineer. The Atkins survey asked 300 female engineers why they chose the profession and what they thought the industry should do to encourage more women into engineering. Visit bit.ly/1ewdf2M for more details.