How to tell what type of engineering to do?

<p>How did some of you engineers, undergrads, graduates, choose your type of engineering? </p>

<p>I want to pursue something in engineering or pharmacy, but i can't choose what type of engineering i should pursue. Thanks!</p>

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<p>I searched around the internet reading descriptions of all the different types of engineering. After reading the one for Materials engineering I immediately knew it was exactly what I wanted to do!</p>

<p>Try and do some research on the different engineering fields. Figure out what interests you and if you can see yourself working with it everyday in a career. We can try to help point you in the right direction as well, but you need to tell us what interests you about pharmacy and engineering.</p>

<p>Yeah, what are your interests? You mention pharmacy and engineering. That may point in the direction of bio(something) engineering or chemical engineering. Of course I know relatively little about these fields aside from what my friends tell me.</p>

<p>For engineering, since i was a kid i enjoyed taking things a part and trying to put them back together. I like finding out what makes things work and making things. I can't really describe it. In the eigth grade i was in a gate robotics class. i really enjoyed making our robots picking up the ball, the frustration of not being able to make it work, and then the joy i get from finding out what i did wrong and trying again. I don't really have much experience in most of the fields of engineering. I've been on a family tour of Northrup Grunman and i found some of the things interesting, like the flashlight that u can squeeze to make like or just push the on button. I like biology, it was one of my best subjects. Chemistry im good at the mathetical part of it, i enjoyed balancing equations?. </p>

<p>For pharmacy, honestly, i can't really relate to it. My sister is planning on becoming a pharmacist, and i never reall exploited that jobs advantages or disadvantages.</p>

<p>Thanks for the help!</p>

<p>Taking things apart to learn how things work tends to be something a lot of engineering types do. But understand that you may or may not be doing work on things that interest you the most, even within a field that is your best match. So do ask yourself if it is something you think you can make a career out of. Again, research into the various fields is going to be really helpful to you. Perhaps start with the parts of your robotics class that you enjoyed most. Was it the mechanical parts? The electrical parts? Programming? </p>

<p>Not sure what you meant by your comment about chem and balancing equations, but subject matter in all fields will generally become harder as you further your education. It can be hard to stay focused if you aren't motivated to do it. Unless you ahve to declare a major right away though, perhaps you should try taking courses that are common to all your prespective majors and maybe dabble in some of the basic courses that apply strictly to each major. See what it is that interests you the most.</p>

<p>Job shadow at JPL</p>

<p>Here is a link to one good site for exploring careers in the engineering, technology, science, math, and healthcare fields</p>

<p>Sloan</a> Career Cornerstone Center: Careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Healthcare</p>

<p>I am going to go ahead and vent a little bit, with no disrespect meant to any other parties.</p>

<p>I think it's getting a little cliche'd to associate liking to take things apart to see how they work with some sort of knack for engineering. A lot of different professions involve taking things apart to see how they work. Sure, this could be an indicator for potential in engineering, and semantically that is all that is implied by the hypothesis, but I think there's a connotation of something more.</p>

<p>There's a lot more to engineering than taking things apart to see how they work; indeed, having a passion for this isn't really necessary or sufficient to the study or practice of engineering, or anything really. It seems like just another cookie-cutter way of self-branding, or perhaps a trigger for knee-jerk agreement mechanisms. I don't know.</p>

<p>[/senseless rant] [/bartender cutting me off]</p>

<p>ya why does everyone who wants to be an engineer say they like taking things apart? kinda makes me laugh</p>

<p>Because that's the truth a lot of times.</p>

<p>"I was really good at operation and I used to like cutting up my friends that's why I wanted to be a doctor"</p>

<p>"I used to like opening up the business section when I was a kid, that's why I wanted to go into business."</p>

<p>You ever hear those?</p>

<p>"ya why does everyone who wants to be an engineer say they like taking things apart? kinda makes me laugh"</p>

<p>I don't like taking things apart, but I guess I don't want to be an engineer either, just want the degree...</p>

<p>Personally, I looked at employment and salary statistics, and decided Computer Science.</p>

<p>Generally, I bet people who pick Pharmacy do it for the money too. Same with some types of Law, same with a lot of people who do Medicine, same with Dentistry, Business, Nursing, and I'm sure a few others.</p>

<p>Start in Engineering, and figure it out from there. You'll probably hate at least one of Chemistry, Physics, Math, or Programming. Start ruling stuff out from there.</p>

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<p>FWIW, I never really took things apart. I built things, but even that wasn't the driving factor. The big one was that I always wanted to know how and why things worked the way they did. I had my dad explain to me the ideas of Bernoulli's principle and viscosity at the ripe old age of about 10 or 11, haha.</p>

<p>I never took stuff apart, either. I was just fascinated that you could design buildings by using math.</p>

<p>Forget the actual major, for a second.
If you could have any job(s) in the world, what would it be?</p>

<p>Answer this and it may lead you to the right direction regarding which type of engineering to pursue.</p>

<p>I always took things apart by left over, new years fire works. Engineer? Maybe. Typical child that loves destroying thing? Hell yeah.</p>

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<p>I always tried to take the powder out of firecrackers and such and then pack them into something like a M&M's minis container or film canister (do kids even know what those are these days?) and make it into a BIG firecracker... it never worked, sadly.</p>

<p>I like looking at fireworks. They're pretty.</p>

<p>No, it won't, but you could tape together some cardboard, fill it with the powder, pack it in, and light a fuse. It's pretty fun but it doesn't really shoot up in the sky and just kind of blows up in the street leaving a really dark mark for years. (And don't try making it into a bottle rocket, or at least don't use glass beer bottles, because exploding glass is very hot.)</p>