Is there a way I can combine my interest in business with my interest in engineering?
Hello, my name is James and I am a senior who will be attending Dartmouth College in the fall. I am in love with math and every year do extremely well with my math class. I also love working with labs and finding new discoveries that proves many theories right or wrong. However, outside of school, I help my Coach sell tickets for games and one time sold all of his unlimited shirts for 20 dollars each. I really do what I want to share my love for marketing, math, and science. If there is anyone who can give me advice then it will be extremely helpful. #business #engineering #engineer
Industrial engineering: it is engineering for business guys that are good at math.
I would strongly recommend that you take a macro economics class in college ASAP. This will give you a taste of what a real business position would entail. If you love this class, then don't even stress about what you will do in the future - there are so many jobs that are more a mix of business and engineering than there are pure technical engineering. In fact, as you climb higher and higher on the company ladder, you will be doing more commercial than technical.
As I respond to this question in 2020, one area that has grown quite a bit, that also shows how business and engineering work together, is a field called marketing technology. There is also a field called financial technology. In both cases, you have instances of engineers who are also programmers that apply their ability to build or adjust programming code to solve business or financial issues by finding them and highlighting them to business partners.
For example, in your notes, you mention selling unlimited Tshirts. In our world today, many entrepreneurs use online spaces to sell their products. A helpful addition for those entrepreneurs is working with engineers who help them identify who might be interested in actually buying those products. Many times, those entrepreneurs are engineers or at least have good technical backgrounds. This combination can be very helpful in launching successful careers for those who have a passion for business and engineering.
Hope this information is helpful to you and good luck!