Engineering decision

<p>I am currently doing my first year for general engineering. Next year I have to choose a specific area of engineering to go to.</p>

<p>I love physics, math and chemistry the most. I was thinking about chemical engineering, but i have heard the job outlook for chemE is not very good. </p>

<p>I want to go into an area of engineering that involves chemistry.</p>

<p>What type of engineering have the best pay/job outlook?</p>

<p>I would advise you to go into an area that you love, not one that has better job outlook. Job prospects and outlooks will change over time. You don't want to end up with a major in which you chose because of job prospects but, after you graduated, ends up with worse job prospects than the one you like.</p>

<p>^ that is true, but chemE has really taken a hit and most engineering organizations say that there will be a 2% decrease in jobs available in the career. </p>

<p>Anyways I love engineering in general and am open to all suggestions</p>

<p>Maybe think about materials science. Certain areas of mechanical engineering also use a lot of chemistry (like combustion).</p>

<p>I am interested in materials engineering as well, but I need to know if jobs are readily available for material Eng.</p>

<p>I'd say they are. I mean, not as many as mech or ee, but there are far less materials engineers competing for the jobs.</p>

<p>For what it's worth, I didn't have too bad of a time finding an internship this summer for MatE, and I know many of my friends have stuff lined up too. Not necessarily indicative of the job market, but I don't imagine companies would want to spend the time and money on interns without having a need for full blown materials engineers.</p>

<p>I am starting to warm up to materials engineer.</p>

<p>What are the major areas of study for Materials engineer, and what can i specialize in for masters?</p>

<p>It's really a huge major, covers just about everything.</p>

<p>Major areas of study though:
Electrical/optical (semiconducter fabrication techniques, thin film coatings, solid state physics, etc.)
Metallurgy
Corrosion
Polymers
Nanotech
Composites
High-tech ceramics</p>

<p>Much, much more...</p>

<p>Plus, MatE is one of the higher paying undergraduate degrees The</a> 13 Best-Paying College Majors: PayScale List</p>

<p>Finish your 2nd year and then decide. Most engineering, CS, math and physics programs look the same for the first 2 years anyway...</p>

<p>Calculus I
Calculus II
Linear Algebra
Chemistry I
Physics I
Physics II
Computer Science/Programming I
Computer Science/Programming II
English Composition I
English Composition II</p>

<p>I guess i can make my final decision later, and am starting to really like materials engineering.</p>

<p>If you want to know the job and career implications of different majors, go to the web sites of schools like Berkeley, Virginia Tech, and Cal Poly SLO and put "career survey" in the search box. These schools have fairly detailed survey results of new graduates broken down by major.</p>

<p>However, be aware that economic and industry cycles can affect one year's results. So you may want to check several years to get an idea of how cyclical the job markets are.</p>

<p>For materials science and engineering, there may also be an introductory materials science and engineering course taken as a freshman or sophomore; this course may also be needed for some other engineering majors.</p>

<p>Is it possible to double major in chemE and materials E within 4 years?</p>

<p>Depends on the school.</p>

<p>It may also depend on whether you can start in more advanced courses due to AP tests or college courses taken while still in high school.</p>

<p>global travler only listed one years worth of classes. Materials frequently has a series of 6 labs that start Sophmore year. If you want to do a chem/materials combo you better get that schedule figured out fast. Remember you can always take a few summer or winter classes to keep things rolling along. Good luck.</p>

<p>^ ya i think double major would be great, if i can finish in years. </p>

<p>Of course I can take a couple courses over the summer to keep up.</p>

<p>Would a double major in matE and chemE increase salary or job availability?
What would the advantages be?</p>

<p>I think it would make you the first one in either department to get an offer. Might even get you your choice of offers depending on the economy at the time. There should be a good amount of overlap. It also gives you the option of starting as a double major and only finishing one if push comes to shove (which happens). Salary wise it will give you a small bump. But option wise I think you will be graduating with an offer in hand rather than scrambling to find something that first summer out, and considering grad school as so many do. I would just do it to see which one you like more and treat the second as a minor. It is a heck of a lot better plan than changing majors in your Sophmore year and getting behind.</p>

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<p>For some reason, people have it in their head that a double major gives you an edge on the job market. It doesn't. It puts you in a niche for chemical engineering hiring managers. If you apply for a position that's not materials-based, such a process engineering position in O&G, you'll be at a huge disadvantage (I wouldn't look any further on your resume) because you've basically told hiring managers that you only want to work in the materials-chemical interface. Hiring managers looking for a niche candidate tend to look to graduate students, because this where you find more of the niche fields.</p>

<p>If you want to separate yourself on the job market, a higher GPA or a BS+MS is more valuable than a double major.</p>

<p>Does anyone know what subcategory of chemE is the most employable.</p>

<p>My school offers pharmaceuticals, biomaterials, nanomaterials, materials processing, polymers, and sustainable energy</p>

<p>I want to have everything planned out and be in a field that I really like so I can focus on studying and maybe go on to Masters</p>

<p>Don't worry about the job prospects 3 years from now, it's not as if you are majoring in basket weaving. When I got my MBA the hot jobs were in investment banking. Everyone was getting summer internships. Roll forward only 6 months and a recession hit Wall Street. None of the interns received offers when they graduated because they were competing against many experienced investment bankers that had been laid off. 2-3 years later Wall Street was hiring again.</p>

<p>^thanks</p>

<p>I guess I will just study what I like, and see where it takes me</p>