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  1. #1 Engineering Career? 
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    Do you think that Engineering is a good career choice considering outsourcing and the decline of industry.Do you Think there will be jobs?
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    I was wondering what skills I need to be an engineer.You see I am very
    curious and like to know how things work.I am very good at math and
    also at science.I love all types of science esp physics and math I can grasp concepts quite quickly and am very analytical. However I am not very hands-on or into tinkering.I still like to be practical though.
    My family doubts my ability to be an engineering student for three main reasons 1. I am not a hands on tinkerer alsol I am veryt theory oriented true..I do like to know how things work and also i am very pratical as well. I also took a look at an article saying that the main skills are structural visualization and Math/Analytical Reasoning and I am very good at those!

    So what do you think!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jschroet
    Do you think that Engineering is a good career choice considering outsourcing and the decline of industry.Do you Think there will be jobs?
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    I was wondering what skills I need to be an engineer.You see I am very
    curious and like to know how things work.I am very good at math and
    also at science.I love all types of science esp physics and math I can grasp concepts quite quickly and am very analytical. However I am not very hands-on or into tinkering.I still like to be practical though.
    My family doubts my ability to be an engineering student for three main reasons 1. I am not a hands on tinkerer alsol I am veryt theory oriented true..I do like to know how things work and also i am very pratical as well. I also took a look at an article saying that the main skills are structural visualization and Math/Analytical Reasoning and I am very good at those!

    So what do you think!
    Personally I think people should go with jobs they like rather then jobs that pay more money, etc. Doing a job you like often makes you very good at that job and in the end you end up happy and well paid.

    Just my two cents.


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    It also highly depends on what kind of engineering you want to do. Aerospace pays very well, but there is not a high demand. Chemical also pays very well, but it doesn't seem very interesting (IMO). Just go with whatever interests you, most engineering cannot be completely outsourced for a variety of reasons. i.e. Civil: nobody will outsource and then fly their outsourced employee in from India to look at a broken road.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jschroet
    Do you think that Engineering is a good career choice considering outsourcing and the decline of industry.Do you Think there will be jobs?
    Also...
    I was wondering what skills I need to be an engineer.You see I am very
    curious and like to know how things work.I am very good at math and
    also at science.I love all types of science esp physics and math I can grasp concepts quite quickly and am very analytical. However I am not very hands-on or into tinkering.I still like to be practical though.
    My family doubts my ability to be an engineering student for three main reasons 1. I am not a hands on tinkerer alsol I am veryt theory oriented true..I do like to know how things work and also i am very pratical as well. I also took a look at an article saying that the main skills are structural visualization and Math/Analytical Reasoning and I am very good at those!

    So what do you think!
    Most engineers end up being managers of some sort. I don't think you can really go wrong. I'm an IE and there's still a seemingly strong demand. You can't really outsource process control and such, and there will always be manufacturers... well, until AI we'll still be needed.
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    I basically agree with what everone else has said.

    Much of manufacturing is being outsourced, but companies based in the US still want 'local' people review designs and ensure they are getting what they need. These are basically management postions... but you need to understand the engineering in order to actually make a decision.

    Much like sploit said, you just can't beat being on location. Sure, you can tell someone to deliver you a specific product... but without some form of local engineering you are likely to run into interface problems when it gets on site. Business mangers rarely knows the specifics of what they need.
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    Myself am a Mechanical Enginner and am into software field since a year..
    My mindset is you can have growth in Enginnering Industry if you are ready to face problems and solve them too...
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