How to decide between becoming an Engineer or a Teacher?

I took some credits for Industrial Engineering but now I have a young family and I'm thinking about going back to school. Teaching sounds like a good option,I enjoy spending time with children and I see teaching as a family friendly job, especially for young families. I know I would make more money as an engineer and it worries me how hard it would be to find a job in both fields. Any experiences or opinions?

Asked By: Sandy - 7/12/2011
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For me the decision would be based on which career I thought would bring me the most fulfillment in the long run. You already know that an engineer is going to make tons more than a teacher...unless you can advance to a research professor someday. But since you also have a family to raise you should also be thinking... More
Answered By: Jared Friedman - 7/12/2011
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If you have the drive and skill to become an engineer, you should. Being a teacher is not as challenging and does not pay as well. In the long run, you will be happier as an engineer with more disposable income to share with your family. If you like working with kids, have fun teaching your children. The "powers that... More
Answered By: RGBFoundry - 7/12/2011
I disagree with the first answer - teaching is much more challenging and difficult than engineering, but outside the reasons you give... More
Answered By: Mike1942f - 7/12/2011
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