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Hopefully this course has gotten you excited about all the things we can do with engineering. If so, today we’re going to try to help you answer a very important question: how do you become an engineer? What are the steps? What kinds of careers can you pursue?

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There's more than one way to change the world. Throughout this series, we've seen how different fields in engineering tackle some of society's biggest problems. From medicine to space travel, wherever there's a challenge, engineers are at hand. In learning about these disciplines, you're already doing your part. Whether or not you choose to be an engineer, knowing how they work will help you understand and engage with everything around you. Also, thinking about the world more complexly makes us more informed and considerate about our place in it. So if you think you might want to become an engineer, we can help point the way.

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We've covered a lot of ground here on Crash Course. We've seen engineers in action in the fields of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineering, to name a few. The main thing distinguishing those fields from one another is the problems they focus on and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. But even within a particular field, different engineers will have distinct approaches to tackling the problem at hand. Some come at things from a theoretical perspective, considering the implications of a design or an idea. Others take a more hands-on role, experimenting with prototypes and physical parts to determine their behavior and collect information, which is not to say that engineers are restricted to one or the other, but it's worth bearing in mind that engineering can be done in lots of different ways within fields too.