Why Major in Engineering?
There are a number of reasons to major in engineering, but by far the best reason is that engineers make a difference. By using the tools of math and science, engineers solve problems, develop innovative products and systems that improve the quality of people's lives around the world. Engineers are engaged in all of the world's most challenging issues, including healthcare, environment, energy, transportation, infrastructure, information management, security, and communication.
There are over 700 colleges and universities in the U.S. offering programs in engineering, with enrollment ranging from 50 students to over 50,000. There are also many universities outside the U.S. with prestigious engineering programs. It is possible to obtain a bachelor's degree in engineering by undertaking:
A four or five year accredited college or university program
Two years in a community college engineering transfer program plus two or three years in an engineering program
Three years in a science or mathematics major and two years in engineering
Five to six years in an engineering co-op program (A co-op program allows students to attend classes for a portion of the year and then work in an engineering-related job for the remainder of the year. They graduate with valuable work experience sought by employers.)
Eight to ten years as a part-time engineering student
Why should you consider studying engineering?
Engineering offers many exciting career options.
There are many areas of study within the broad field of engineering. The largest engineering disciplines are mechanical, electrical, chemical and civil. Other disciplines include industrial, materials, environmental, biomedical, computer, petroleum, aerospace, nuclear, mining, ceramic, and safety engineering.
Keep in mind that an engineering education prepares you for many exciting career options. Completion of an undergraduate engineering degree demonstrates your drive and focus. An engineering education also equips you with analytical skills that are assets in a wide range of technical and non-technical fields. According to the National Society of Professional Engineers, a bachelor's degree in engineering will offer you a wide variety of career options, including:
An undergraduate engineering degree could also lead to a career in another field, such as:
In comparison to the many professions that make progress by adopting cutting-edge or state-of-the-art technologies, engineering stands apart because engineers are often the ones who create and define these new technologies. The scope of new technologies created by all types of engineers is mind-boggling. Even the specific field of mechanical engineering reaches into many aspects of life. The technical divisions of ASME, for instance, include environmental engineering, bioengineering, solar power, advanced energy systems, petroleum engineering, nuclear engineering, internal combustion engines, micro-electromechanical systems, and much more.
Answered By: - 8/9/2011