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5 Reasons to Become an Engineer

Neil Schulman February 24, 2011

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This week marks the 60th anniversary of National Engineers’ Week. This annual celebration is a great reminder of all the valuable contributions Engineers provide to society every day.

Engineering innovation effects all aspects of our lives. Knovel is proud to work with engineers worldwide as they seek answers to tough technical problems. Thank you for all you do.

Engineers’ Week is also an opportunity to encourage and inspire the next generation to pursue an engineering career path. Knovel presents 5 Reasons to Become an Engineer.
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  2. I would like to adress each separately:

    #1- This is a biased comparison. If you scale the income with the amount of work and responsibility, the Engineering will be ranked close to the bottom beside educational services which remains at the bottom anyway.
    #2- Yes indeed 24 hrs a day. You wake up at 2 am thinking about the deadlines and responsibilities at work, checking emails to possibly respond to the other poor guy who sent you an email few minutes ago to show off that he was working that late, or to answer a question from a branch at the other side of the world when the day just started.
    #3- Never take politicians’ word for anything; it can change even before the next campaign.
    #4- Statistically not true. Most skillful engineers end up in one cubical doing the hard work, to either produce appealing results to be taking advantage of by the most opportunistic fellows at work, or fail and get laid off in the next economic downturn.
    #5- Not true. We have been aggressively outsourcing engineering jobs to China, India, Mexico, Vietnam and anywhere else that could return more money in short term (everybody knows that is doom to failure in long run).

    I would rely on passion, humanity, chance to impact environment, chance to save the planet and other non-materialistic aspect of engineering to possibly advertise it.

  3. Excellent encouragement of Knovel!!! You’re a big help in improving life! Wisdom and knowledge are supreme, so we must get knowledge and wisdom!

  4. OROD hits the nail on the head. Technical expertise, which is the epitome of engineering, is not valued in the real world. The ability to manage people is. Business graduates rule when it comes to running companies not engineers. Accounting and financial services jobs make the most are in the greatest demand and get paid far higher than engineers. Most engineers are underpaid for the amount of work and responsibility they take on. I know because I work in engineering. I told my son to forget about becoming an engineer as its a dead end.

  5. I have to comment if only to balance all of this negative hyperbole. All of you must be working for the wrong company or made poor choices in your career. I have been practicing for over 30 years, and while there are always downsides, on balance this has been a worthwhile career choice and direction. If you believe you are in a dead end position, it is because you did not make good choices. This goes for all professions. In the company I am employed by most of the top positions are occupied by technical folks with varied backgrounds. There are people with financial/accounting backgrounds for sure, but people with technical training dominate. In particular I will challenge OROD on the point of compensation. It is true that I am not “rich” and do feel I am worth more than I get, but on the whole I do alright by any measure compared to the general population. If only bitter people reply, the only view will be a bitter one. It is NOT a dead end.

  6. I completely agree with Dave. If I may comment on Red’s statements, yes, its true that finance people may get paid more; but how many companies have you surveyed? (and take note Knovel says, highest paid GRADS) Yes, its also true, business people run companies; but again, how many companies have you surveyed?

    Just to balance, please bear in mind that the one shown by Knovel is an ADVERTISEMENT. What do you do when you advertise? Lay out strengths. Exaggerate. HOWEVER, if we set that aside and say that engineering is a dead end, then that i think is going too far. It all depends on the choices you make and the opprtunities that are present when you made those choices.

    Though I agree with OROD’s last statement, reading the first part of the comment makes me think that engineers are generally overworked yet underpaid. Haha. I think even finance people and other professionlas think the same about themselves. It’s all a matter of perspective. The real issue is not how much money you have, but how content you are.

  7. I always visit your weblog and retrieve everything you post here but I never commented but today when I saw this post, I couldn’t stop myself from commenting here. Great write-up mate!

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