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Charles Murray
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Re: Prospective engineers
Charles Murray   3/4/2013 7:37:05 PM
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You raise a really good point that I didn't bring up in the story, William K. The best reason to be an engineer is that the work itself, even with its frustrations, is personally satisfying to many of us. Yes, good salaries are important, but most engineers do it because that's where their inclinations lie.

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Prospective engineers
William K.   3/2/2013 7:49:43 PM
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An engineer is what I am, not just what I do. That is probably different from a whole lot of people in the various professions. But while I have been compensated enough to be comfortable, I find the results in the published engineering salary surveys to be quite amazingly high. In fact I find some of them to be a bit hard to believe. Either that or I have been taken advantage of for much of my career.

But I have been able to enjoy the majority of my work most of the time, and I count that as a great value, especially when I look at all of those poor folks who hate their jobs. Being able to look forward to each day is certainly worth a good bit, and having good folks to work with makes a job so very much better.

Of course, in my particular field I covered a wide range of activities, so there was never a chance for boredom to set in.

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Re: Good Feeling
Dave Palmer   3/1/2013 7:55:01 PM
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@Cabe Atwell: Okay, but for every Flo Rida, there are thousands of aspiring hip hop artists whose net worth is zero or less.  For every rapper with a Bentley, there are thousands who don't even have bus fare.  The likelihood of becoming an award-winning multimillionaire hip hop artist is vanishingly small, even if you are very talented.

On the other hand, if you get an engineering degree and have a good work ethic, you can be pretty confident of earning an income somewhere on the upper end of the middle-class range.  I'd say it's a much better bet.

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Re: Good Feeling
Cabe Atwell   3/1/2013 6:46:26 PM
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Not enough to sell kids on becoming an engineer, unfortunately. For the record, Flo Rida's net worth is $14 million, and he is not an engineer.

The dichotomy is off the scale.

C

Charles Murray
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Re: Good Feeling
Charles Murray   3/1/2013 6:17:46 PM
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I agree, Tim. It's a shame that more athletes aren't encouraged to use their athletic scholarships to get a good education. Hats off to Missouri S&T for doing that.

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Re: Recruitment Tool at its best!
Charles Murray   3/1/2013 6:14:10 PM
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You're welcome, ChriSharek. I enjoy stories like this one.

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Recruitment Tool at its best!
ChriSharek   3/1/2013 9:37:18 AM
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Thanks so much for posting and sharing.  I hope to reuse this at our Toothpick Bridge Building Contest, AWWA Model Water Tower Competition, and other professional society outreach efforts. 

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Re: Good Feeling
Jennifer Campbell   3/1/2013 8:02:08 AM
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It's great to see these student athletes excelling both on the field and in the classroom, in a worthwhle program that will pay dividends professionally and financially in the years after they graduate. They are debunking the stereotype that football players, especially at the college level, are just dumb jocks. Well done Missouri S&T!

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Re: Good Feeling
Tim   2/28/2013 7:16:33 PM
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10-1 is a great record. It is interesting to see that they also emphasize the non-NFL salaries for their players. A friend of mine played div. 1 football for a Big Ten school who majored in Art as it had little necessary class time. He now sells used cars.

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Re: Good Feeling
Charles Murray   2/28/2013 5:58:49 PM
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I agree, Naperlou, it's a great school. I worked with a number of engineers from that school, back in the days when it was called Missouri-Rolla. They've always had solid engineering programs. I think the name change is a good one, by the way.

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