Posted 15 September 2008 - 10:27 PM
well heres my 2 cents.
I was going to college before my woife joined the military and we were forced to move, thus, i had to stop schooling. I was a semester away from getting my Associates in Science for Mathematics and continueing into civil engineering. After many months I relized one important truth about life, money is not everything. Being happy is. I love math, i love computers, i love software, and i love programming....but i dont want to be a computer engineer, why because I love one other field more, physics. You see the thing that makes college hard is going in with a set path, becuase you do not allow yourself to venture away from that path, after moving I opened my mind and realized that I now KNOW what I want to do, because it involves all the fields that I love, and that is to be a physicist or astronomer. Now I am open to other paths still, but I have a year and a half of schooling to push me in that direction and a realistic view on life, now that I have a son, i dont reallycare to make 160,000 a year, 70,000 would do just fine, and to tell you the truth, I would rather be on the designing team of the martion lander for the upcoming project to send man to mars, than designing a graphics card. So you must open your mind to other options, or take computer engineering and see what it applies to,hardware is a very large field, everything has hardware, it just depends on how you want to impact your life and others around you. So find what makes you happy, but keep an open mind, sometimes people change their mind a year into their field.
Now for what i know, my friends dad was a computer engineer for boeing developing engines for the aircraft (something a mechanical engineer would do right?). Well as a computer engineer he was to find a way to link hardware to software, which meant he had to help design both. For this he was paid salary at 110,000 a year, but worked constantly, and most of the time in Germany. He had to quit because his career pushed him away from his passion, so now after research he was hired on to a ocntact lenscompany, designing software that designs contact lens, and makes roughly 130,000. So you see just because you persue a degree in a specific field, doesnt mean that your job makes you do what you specifically went to school for. So be careful, and take your time to decide what you want. Also check your local jobs around where you wish to live.
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