Prospective Degree Students

Field and Occupation

You have an opportunity to apply for IT-related tasks in working life, such as design, programming, marketing and maintenance, independent entrepreneurship and international tasks in export companies. Your future career may involve professional tasks of a:

  • product development engineer
  • project manager
  • IT specialist
  • programmer
  • electronics design engineer
  • telecommunication design engineer
  • sales engineer

Employment Situation

In recent years, companies offering data processing services, software design and production, information processing, consulting etc., have employed approximately 58 500 people, while telecommunications employed 16 500 people and ICT goods production 56 000 people (Labour Force Survey of Statistics Finland).

In addition to working for companies offering data processing services in the ICT cluster, IT professionals also work for the service of companies in other branches and public administration. In Finland, there are approximately 95 000 IT professionals in total (Finnish Information Processing Association, FIPA).

Most often students get their first job from the same employee they did their thesis for. In fact, most engineers get permanent employment immediately after graduation. Skilled engineers can earn fairly high salaries  immediately after graduation. Salaries start at around 2 400–3 000 euros/month, and after ten years of work, the average salaries are already over 3 600 euros/month. In addition to a good salary, considerable fringe benefits may also be available.

Employment Prospects

In the future, information and communication technologies are increasingly used in all sectors, as they can enhance productivity and improve the quality of products and services. Companies want their business operations to be as fast as possible. Due to productivity and cost efficiency demands, the use of ICT will also increase in the public sector, particularly in health care and education.

Companies will need more ICT professionals in the future, as the importance of information technology and the number of related applications will increase. However, during economic recession new employees are not easily hired. The retirement of the baby boom generation will increase the demand for labour in the coming years.

Demands of the Working Life

An engineer has a desire to experiment, develop, apply and execute. They have a natural aptitude for mathematics and science. An engineer masters physics and mathematics, and they are also excellent in putting their skills into use in developing new things.

An engineer has curiosity to find out how things work and how phenomena occur. An engineer is excellent in problem solving. That is the reason why engineers are continuously needed around the world.

Engineering requires more and more diverse skills, like logic, creativity and social skills. Engineers have a unique ability to develop and create new things and also apply them into practice. While working in groups, individual skills and different areas of expertise complement each other.

The importance of high-level education increases in the future, as competent staff is a central competitive factor. New skill sets are also needed as branches are merging. In addition to technical skills, also customer orientation, business competence, international business knowledge, command of production and cooperation networks, and social skills are emphasised.