Engineering is viewed most highly as a career in South Africa, where 47% of the population consider it to be a prestigious career. This is based on the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering ‘Create the Future’ report and presented at the World Economic Forum.
The report surveyed the opinions of 10,000 people outside the engineering profession in 10 economies. Included in this was a question asking which 3 professions people see as the most prestigious.
Following South Africa in second place is fellow BRICS economy, Brazil, where 46% of the population see engineering as a prestigious profession. The top 3 is completed by India, with 37%.
At the bottom of the list we see 3 developed economies – the UK with 13%, Japan with 15% and Germany with 21%.