Director, Optical Systems at GoPro
Hi Alexa - one of my favorite things about being an engineer is that I get to creatively solve problems every day, and this profession/area of study doesn't limit any of your future career options. From an engineering background, you can do anything (even if you're not technically in an engineer role). Learning problem solving gives you a great background for innovation and for any role requiring technical understanding. As mentioned in other replies, an "engineer" can do many things. My experiences as an engineer have ranged from detailed mechanical designing, technical program management to operations/supply chain. A day in the life could include the following (and much more!): product concept brainstorming, computer design, conducting testing, analyzing data, traveling for prototype product builds, root cause analysis for product failures, participating in design reviews, planning projects (budget, resources, priorities), managing cross-functional teams, etc. There are endless options for an engineer - once you have a strong foundation in math and science, you can make a career out of whatever you find most interesting.