Struggles of Being an Engineer in the Philippines

Just when you thought graduating and passing the licensure exam in the Philippines is the end of all your engineering struggles, wait ‘til you get into the world of employment!


Just when you thought graduating and passing the licensure exam in the Philippines is the end of all your engineering struggles, wait ‘till you get into the world of employment!

Being an engineer in the Philippines isn’t as easy as many think it is. There are a lot of struggles starting from looking for a job, getting a good paying salary, to deciding to search for better opportunities abroad.

Here are some of the struggles engineers of different fields have faced or are currently facing.

Job hunting

Of course this would be the first in the list as it is the first task a fresh graduate/ fresh passer is going to focus on. While engineering may be one of the most difficult courses and one of the highest technical jobs in the world, many would expect that finding an engineering job would be easy. Unfortunately, in the Philippines, it isn’t.

While there may be many factories, firms and power plants in the Philippines, they aren’t enough to cater the many engineers who are ready to practice their professions. As a result, many engineers, including those who didn’t pass their licensure examinations are sometimes forced to choose jobs that are not related to their field.

Salary

In March 2016, according to an article in Philippine Star, a news publication in the Philippines, “Engineering graduates get an average salary of 19, 000 PHP compared to non-technical positions that offer an average of 15,000 PHP,” Seek Asia Regional Manager Yoda Buyco said.

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Though there may be fewer job openings for fresh engineering graduates, Buyco said that “engineering jobs are growing across all positions and levels.”

This may be the average in big cities like Manila, but what about engineering companies in the provinces? It’s important to note that many engineering factories in the Philippines are found in the provinces. There are entry level engineers that get a salary ranging around 10,000-15,000 PHP every month, which may not be enough especially for engineers who have to rent their own place due to relocation.

Relocation

 

Since most engineering companies like firms, manufacturing companies and power plants are based in PEZA (Philippine Economic Zone Authority). Many engineers who live from distant locations have to relocate. Though relocation may be something normal when looking for a job, I still think it’s a struggle especially for engineers who already have families.

More opportunities abroad

 

Many engineers choose to practice their profession abroad, why? First of all, it’s the salary. Salary for engineers in other countries are far greater than that of the salaries in the Philippines. Also, many engineers prefer to pursue advanced studies in engineering in other countries since other countries have better technology, and equipment for training.

These may be just a few main reasons and are just from my own opinion and experience.

Article Source: Philstar

Cielo Santos

Engineer. Writer. Artist. Gamer. Musician. She dreams of building a time machine and help kittens take over the world. Is secretly the pink power ranger in real life.

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Struggles of Being an Engineer in the Philippines

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