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What type of Engineering will have the most demand in coming years?

striver87striver87 Posts: 114Registered User Junior Member
edited November 2008 in Engineering Majors
With all the demand for energy alternatives and fuel efficient vehicles, which engineering field will be more productive?


I'm assuming Mechanical engineering will have an impact on alternative energy in coming years.


What do you think?


Do you think there wil be a technology boom in regards to alternative energy in coming years?
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Replies to: What type of Engineering will have the most demand in coming years?

  • gabuchiagabuchia Posts: 4Registered User New Member
    In my humble opinion, Chemical Engineers and Petroleum Engineers will be ahead of most people in terms of demand. Especially in the oil and gas or mining industry ;)
  • ModulationModulation Posts: 1,877Registered User Senior Member
    I've read Environmental engineering. ...Or I'm just hoping because I want to go into that. =]
  • SlorgSlorg Posts: 2,009Registered User Senior Member
    No one knows and it doesn't really matter.
  • ElectricTechElectricTech Posts: 882Registered User Member
    "WASHINGTON – President-elect Barack Obama, who is set to announce his economic team, promoted an economic plan Saturday he said would create or save 2.5 million jobs by spending billions of dollars to rebuild roads and bridges and modernize schools while developing alternative energy sources and more efficient cars."

    "'We'll put people back to work rebuilding our crumbling roads and bridges, modernizing schools that are failing our children, and building wind farms and solar panels," Obama said. He also made a commitment to fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy technologies "that can free us from our dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy competitive in the years ahead.'"

    Obama plan aims for 2.5 million new jobs by 2011 - Yahoo! News

    I see Civil, Mechanical, and Chemical all being in demand, maybe even Electrical.
  • fatpig554fatpig554 Posts: 432- Member
    Thats great! An "FDR" style approach to government, and trying to improve our school systems by blindly throwing more money at the problem.

    In any case...computer science growth is going to be huge in the next 10 years, and I know EE will grow a little slower than average.
  • Dr.HorseDr.Horse Posts: 1,289- Member
    Historically the more money we put to education the less results. The same is true for the more technology.

    There is truly zero use for technology in education, and I am a CS person.

    As for the best careers, that's Software Engineering plain and simple, project management is huge and will stay huge,.
  • carneliancarnelian Posts: 327Registered User Member
    Dr. Horse, our country's history is such that a black man never had a chance of being elected. You saw him win on Nov 4th, right?? I think Obama's solutions have a good chance of fixing those 'historical problems'.

    now to answer the question: I think all engineering is going to be in demand in the future because the US is almost at a crisis point due to the shortage of engineering graduates.

    Also, the growth of renewable energy and infrastructure projects translate into jobs that cant be outsourced.
  • buhloolbuhlool Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    Dr.Horse wrote:
    Historically the more money we put to education the less results. The same is true for the more technology.

    Hmm. Mind elaborating that? As an Asian, who admires the United States for its technological advances and the value it puts on education, I'm wondering how this can be true. Or perhaps I do not know much about American history? How exactly would investing in education deter progress?

    As to the original question... I really do hope that it's structural engineering, because that's what I'm going to pursue. :)
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Posts: 22,762Registered User Senior Member
    "There is truly zero use for technology in education, and I am a CS person."

    There are large numbers of high-school students benefiting from Stanford's EPGY program and many others learning from university course videos. There is automated courseware by companies like MathEverywhere used by UIUC and Suffolk University for use in online courses. Technology can have marvelous benefits for the person that really wants to learn and has some ability in self-service.
  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Posts: 22,762Registered User Senior Member
    "As an Asian, who admires the United States for its technological advances and the value it puts on education, I'm wondering how this can be true. Or perhaps I do not know much about American history? How exactly would investing in education deter progress?"

    You can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink.

    It is hard to educate someone that doesn't have a burning desire to learn.
  • momofthreeboysmomofthreeboys Posts: 11,267Registered User Senior Member
    Chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, software engineering.....especially software engineering.
  • Mr PayneMr Payne Posts: 8,850Registered User Senior Member
    Nuclear Engineering.
  • hkapoohkapoo Posts: 140Registered User Junior Member
    With this sort of volatility in the economy it's hard to tell. It could be that the new administration puts focus on rebuilding infrastructure, in which case it would be Civil E. It could be that the focus is on green technology, in which case it would be EnvironmentalE, ChemE, NuclearE. All that being said, I don't see how demand for computers and technology is going to stop, in which case it would be EE, CompSci.

    I think all fields in engineering have a bright future when the economy finally turns around.
  • sciencenerdsciencenerd Posts: 1,449Registered User Senior Member
    Software Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, maybe electrical and Systems Engineering. esp Systems.
  • aveugleaveugle Posts: 30Registered User Junior Member
    Environmental Engineering. The next big thing in demand is not just an energy shortage but a water shortage.
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