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Old 06-01-2009, 08:33 PM
 
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I am going to city college of new york and I decided to forget about business and administration as a major. I am planning on doing some kinda of engineering job, since when i was young, I was good with my hands and liked machines. I wanna know what is the safest field. What I mean by safe is, is the work dangerous? Will I get laid off? Also if you guys can give me a general idea on the salary, I would appreciate it (no experience). I rather not take a subject that they are barely hiring for. Thanks in advance

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City college offers: Electrical, Computer, Mechanical,and Civil engineering. They also have computer science.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:53 PM
 
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If I could get a do-over I'd probably take civil and then mechanical. In a time long ago computer used to be a sub of electrical. Worst thing about it is you never get to be outside. CS is a dying field in the US due to outsourcing. Don't worry about salary now, just work on it until your Masters is completed.
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Old 06-01-2009, 09:12 PM
 
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I'm not sure if I am going for my masters. I'm going for my bachelors for now
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:41 AM
 
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It depends, ideally you want to get a design job in an office after college, but many young engineers choose to work more hands on in the field and they usually become better engineers in the long run, but usually design engineers are paid more and they sit in cubicles. Although they sit in cubicles, the isolation, constant eye sore from computer work, and working alongside people with no personality or social ability can be tough.

I'm a civil engineer, I though I'd be working on cool sites, but I'm always in the office doing design calculations and making sure everything fits together when they build it, doing a lot of drafting.

I'm trying to get out of the field into something more creative and along people with an OUNCE of personality.
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Old 06-02-2009, 08:48 AM
 
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Oh, as far as jobs, you may want to consider civil for long term, because the population increase in the US is a 100% guarantee, however, mechanical services is not guaranteed because right now Asia is beating us on innovation and design.

"building engineers" sometimes make good money but those guys in charge of buildings are usually very experienced, and i don't think a degree is as good as apprenticeship, if that's what you want.
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Old 11-23-2009, 04:28 PM
 
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I think EE would be the best one to go for as for now. I have friends who just graduated with a bachelor degree in civil engineering or architects or mechanical engineering are doing drafting now. EE now can basically take on the jobs that are related to electrical or programing, therefore in a lot of cases, companies would prefer an EE candidate over a CS candidate.
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Old 11-23-2009, 05:51 PM
 
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I am going to city college of new york and I decided to forget about business and administration as a major.
Ok, maybe you could do a MBA in the future (p/t at nite).


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I am planning on doing some kinda of engineering job, since when i was young, I was good with my hands and liked machines. I wanna know what is the safest field. What I mean by safe is, is the work dangerous? Will I get laid off? I rather not take a subject that they are barely hiring for. Thanks in advance
I'd eye Mechanical or Civil with a possible concentration or minor in Environmental Engineering, Env. Science, Transportation Engineering, or Env. sustainability.

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Additional notes: City college offers: Electrical, Computer, Mechanical,and Civil engineering. They also have computer science.
I tend to think anything computer is very outsourceable. The biggest need for engineers is to rebuild and sustain a growing and heavily worn out infastructure, thus civils and even mechanical engineers will be in biggest demand.
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