ChemE degree a good start to a career in biotech?
Hey CC. This will be my first post on this forum, despite having lurked for a while now.
Just a rough bit of background info: Until halfway through senior year this year, I thought I wanted to be a software engineer. That was until I took an actual class, and realized that the vast majority of what a computer science degree entails bores me to tears. Physics and AP Bio were another story, though; I was fascinated by mechanics and heat (electromagnetism not as much) and human biology. I took AP Chem the year before and enjoyed that, too. So although I've got some time to really choose my major, I've narrowed it down to either ChemE or MechE. I live in Seattle (probably one of the reasons I somehow felt drawn at CS at one point) and there's a growing biotech presence, and even if that doesn't work out, Boeing hires people by the boatload to make airplanes, which sounds pretty sweet as well. Hell, there's even a fairly large BP oil refinery an hour north of here, if I choose to get into that.
And so my main questions are
1. What's the difference in difficulty between ChemE and MechE?
2. Have either found a niche in the biotech industry?
3. Which major is more fun? (This one comes down to personal opinion, but I'm interested in hearing what people have to say.)