I'm in my last semester of civil engineering and I'm planning on continuing in the fall with a masters degree in hydraulic engineering/fluid mechanics (since I'll get either a TAship or RAship and get it paid for). As an undergrad who has spent the last 3 and a half years under a rock in the academic world, and who has next to no "real world" knowledge and experience, can anybody tell me what my options are besides civil engineering? It's not that I don't want to go into CivE, it's that I don't know what it will be like out there when I finish! I'd just like to have some options! I enjoy learning fluid mechanics and using the physics to model systems so I know I want to go to grad school for it (plus it's free).
Is it typical for a graduate with an MS in hydraulic engineering/fluid mechanics to do something outside the civil engineering discipline? Possibly something in mechanical or petroleum engineering? Or any engineering for that matter? I don't know too much about it, but it sounds like petroleum engineering involves fluid mechanics and whatnot, especially when fracking, so it would seem like a viable option. Plus they make bank, haha. Any help from engineers out there in various industries? Thanks!