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What is the best Engineering field to go into?

I want to major in Engineering but I am on the fence about what concentration/field that I should go into.

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Civil ! Ok I am bias to civil engineering. If you like to see what you are creating in real life and like the idea that you can watch it be built then civil is the way to go. Once built....then you may find yourself driving on that highway you designed, stopping at the new commercial development or possibly living in the redevelopment that you helped design. Other disciplines such as electrical engineering is much more theory driven, if you love complex math then this could be the way to go. Not to say if you were in structural engineering, you get to use your math skills a lot there too.

Try to get a summer internship with a construction company, municipality or consultant in civil engineer. By the end of the summer you will know if you if it is meant for you.

Good luck!

Mike

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There is no best engineering. Michael's words above are very true - e.g. EE will have a lot heavier math. Chem or Biochem E is an option if you like chemistry. Mechanical engineering is still very relevant.

Depending on where you go, you can probably take some intro course than looks at a bunch of disciplines. Also the first couple years of courses at any engineering uni are going to have massive overlap (calc, linear algebra, diff eq, physics, chemistry, etc), that you'll have time to figure it out.

Software engineering is... imo not really engineering yet. It may get there, but for now it's so much less rigorous than other forms of engineering. (Not to say you can't consider software E, because it can be very interesting, just it's not "really" engineering (yet)). It also probably pays more than anything except perhaps petroleum engineering and electrical engineering too, so there is that :P

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Randal:

I, personally, have had a very fulfilling career in Civil Engineering. Much of the work in this engineering field involves designing new or upgraded infrastructure to support towns, cities and entire regions. These projects can range in size from a small water system to a major airport expansion to a light rail system serving an entire city, and much more. What all these projects have in common is that they greatly contribute to the welfare, safety and advancement of our Society. Civil Engineers contribute directly to the wellbeing our communities and our Country in a way few other professions can. In addition there is a great demand for civil engineers with career paths available in local, state and federal government and in private consulting firms, or even private practice. A great career with a high degree of job security...what more could you ask?

Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant

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Hii randal, It is not easy - you have to talk to engineers and see them at work. To do this, as a high school student, it must be arranged, via some career day or something similar, or you have to tap into your network of acquaintances.

Most people choose their branch based on their options at the university they can get to, the engineering tradition in their area, the reputation each branch has locally and their perception of the branch's career prospects (what in India they call "scope"). In other words, they do not factor in a lot their own personal preferences and competencies. But they are risking getting disillusioned once locked in a specific branch.

Other kids simply project their most relevant school courses and rank their choices to correspond to what they are best at (f.e. they choose chemical if they liked chemistry in school). At this point it is convenient to narrow down your possible paths to just four - civil, mechanical, electrical, chemical and only worry about specifics later (f.e. consider industrial, aeronautical, naval, manufacturing engineering only once you have chosen mechanical).

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The best thing about the engineering field is that multiple degrees can satisfy all of those “hungers”. Nearly every engineering degree is challenging, and there are so many different types of engineering degrees that you can be nearly certain to find a field that leads to your career satisfaction.

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Best Jobs in engineering and information technology: Civil Engineer. Computer Programmer. Technical Writer. Nuclear Engineer. Aerospace Engineer. Mechanical Engineer. Electrical Engineer. Industrial Designer.

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To start with Engineering, Best field in current IT need is Computer science Computer science Gives you required foundation to start up career with IT needs other Fields of Engineering are also challenging but IT field demand more of computer engineers

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Civil ! Ok I am bias to civil engineering. If you like to see what you are creating in real life and like the idea that you can watch it be built then civil is the way to go. Once built....then you may find yourself driving on that highway you designed, stopping at the new commercial development or possibly living in the redevelopment that you helped design. Other disciplines such as electrical engineering is much more theory driven, if you love complex math then this could be the way to go. Not to say if you were in structural engineering, you get to use your math skills a lot there too.

Try to get a summer internship with a construction company, municipality or consultant in civil engineer. By the end of the summer you will know if you if it is meant for you.

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To start with Engineering, Best field in current IT need is Computer science Computer science Gives you required foundation to start up career with IT needs other Fields of Engineering are also challenging but IT field demand more of computer engineers

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It depends on what you enjoy doing and what your priorities are. Is it money? then Chemical, Computer, or Aerospace Engineering. Are you interested in construction, then Civil or Structural Engineering.

My advise is to do what you like to do. Money is nice, but generally doesn't make you happy.

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