What are a few of the most versatile engineering degrees?
Civil Engineering offers a very wide range of career possibilities:
Hydrology (Water Resources)
Structural (bridges, buildings)
As a Civil Engineer, you can choose to work for a private consulting firm. With some experience, you can easily open your own small consulting firm, as many do. There is great demand for civil engineers at the city, county and state level of government, most often working in public works departments. Of course you can also go into academia doing teaching and/or doing research.
I have had a very satisfying career in Civil Engineering. There is always great demand in this Field and the pay is certainly above-average.
Good Luck, Pete Sturtevant, PE
Mechanical engineering is probably the most versatile, but if you are more interested in controls and electrical, than machines and mechanical things, mechanical engineering is not for you. Engineering offers you a wide variety of opportunities, from opening your own practice to engineering companies and working directly for an end user. If you like managing projects you can be a project engineer and jump into a department manager quite easily as I did. As a mechanical engineer I did a lot of projects (with help) from roads and building to process improvements and controls. Finally retiring as the North America engineering manager for a major chemical company. If you work hard, are systematic, and communicate well, you can be a success in any of the things engineering fields.
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