What drives the career choice among engineers? A case in Malaysian manufacturing plant

2012 IJRSM – Volume 1 Issue 2


Choo, Ling Suan*
Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia (choolingsuan@yahoo.com)

Norsiah, Mat
Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia (norsiah@uum.edu.my)

Tan, Lin Im
Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia (linim.tan@gmail.com)


This empirical study was conducted to determine factors that influence the career choice among engineers in a Malaysian manufacturing plant. Subjects of this study were taken from engineers in one of manufacturing plant in Malaysia. As hypothesized, the results suggest that perceptions of person-job fit and financial rewards are significant factors that influence the career choice of engineers. Contrast to our hypothesis, influence from family members does not have any impact in determining the career choice among engineers. Interventions in attracting more engineers to remain in their career path and limitations of the study are also being discussed in the paper.

Keywords: career choice; perceptions of person-job fit; financial rewards; family influence; career path


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsm.2012.v1i2.60

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