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I am a student at Job Corps in El Paso, I am 16 , and I wanted to ask if going for a Doctoral Degree to become a Marine Architect was a better option than getting my Bachelors Degree and become a Wind Energy Engineer?.

I have had this thought for a while and if someone could guide me, or help me it would be really appreciated.

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Emily’s Answer

I think you should apply with whatever major sounds more interesting to you - don't think about the status or money. DO advanced research on the best schools and programs for each major/degree and go from there!
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Luis
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Drew’s Answer

You won't need a doctorate to be a marine architect. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, a bachelor's degree in marine engineering is the entry-level educational requirement. Perhaps a better route would be a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. That will be a better route for a marine architect, with better opportunities. The jo outlook for marine architects is 4% whereas the growth for mechanical engineers is 7%. Mechanical engineering would also be a good path to becoming a Wind Energy Engineer. I am completing my third Master's Degree in two weeks. I decided on this instead of a Doctorate because I don't want to teach and I don't like the extended research. I prefer to solve new problems with each case and move on to the next. I am a forensic engineer in private practice.

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Look up the Occupational Outlook Handbook online and research the various professions. There you will find information about entry requirements, pay rates and what work is like for each profession.,
Thank you comment icon Thank you so much for the advice. Luis
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