What is working as a structural engineer like?

I'm considering changing careers and going back to school to become a structural engineer. I've done some research on the internet and talked to my cousin who is a SE. But I have some questions that I'd like more than one opinion on: - What is the average day or week like for a SE? What are your normal tasks/duties? What goes into completing them? - Is most of your time spent on a computer? If not, where else is it spent? - Is it normal to work a lot of overtime? - What is the average starting salary for a SE with a BS in civil engineering? - Does it matter if I don't go to the top school? I live in IL, and U of I in Champaign-Urbana has one of the top CE programs. But I would rather go to U of I Chicago because it would be easier for my husband to work while I'm in school and I'd rather live in/near Chicago than Chambana. When responding, can you also include: - Years of experience in engineering - What degrees you have-BS, MS, etc - What kind of SE you do-bldgs, bridges, trans

Asked By: not margaret - 7/12/2007
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I can give a bit different perspective from the other answerer... More
Answered By: jacksjb_44 - 7/12/2007
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Ok - M.S., 5 years experience as a consultant for small and large structural engineering or A/E/P companies in Ohio and Minnesota. I designed buildings, buildings, and buildings... More
Answered By: dieyouevilfrustratingprogram - 7/12/2007
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