I have many of my friends who did engineering aand they considered themselves to be very good engineers not only this but they were very passionate about their field as well but then few of them turned towards Sales and few toward marketing so I guess it also depends upon the available market situations and we have to mould our careers accordingly .
Tekochip I agree with you in the mentioned scenario the reason for such engineers to move into another field is that from deep inside they are not engineers. Every one cant be an engineer, engineering is basically creativity and usually it is god gifted . Students usually get themselves enrolled in engineering universities but when the time comes to enter professional life they consider themselves suitable for some other positions . Over here i may say that sometimes student suffer from lack of career councelling .
Engineers are called the society innovators because they are not instructed to do XYZ instead they think what to do they develop a very unique and creative idea and then put all energies to make the project successfull and feasible.
No doubt engineers are innvators because they are the one who generate a new idea and execute them every now and then we see a new technology comming and helping us not only this but they are also working for the welfare of the society like they are developing devices to help diabetic patients, solar panels , energy generation EVs and many more.
You are absolutely correct being an engineer sometimes it is frustrating when there is an excellent idea in your mind and you cant implement it just because of legal regulations, goverment policies not only this but also sometimes you are restricted in your own organisation for implementations due to some factors.
Debra, you couldn't be more right. I can't tell you how many engineers I've met that were simply in sales. Many years ago I had a cubemate that was a terrible engineer. He couldn't create a paper envelope, yet he was a Phd, and if you had a problem with something he would happily sit down with his notepad and sketch out the theory of some obscure physical law. He would patiently spend as much time with you as necessary until you fully understood every aspect and could apply the law to your problem. About a year later he returned to school as a professor, it was his true calling.
Rob thanks alot for such an informative article no doubt it is worth reading . Yes our engineers are the chief innovators and their work is in front of our eyes we cannot deny what ever they are doing .Every now and then we come to hear about a new technology and invention and thy are working very hard to eliminate or solve the issues faced by the public . We can see how the engineers of MIT have invented machine for the people suffering from diabetic sensation with in the veins. We can say that they are doing social work as well to some extent .
Charles, no doub the number of engineers graduating each year in US is from 65000 to 75000 but the thing is we cant say that every one is an engineer . However by degree they are definitely engineers but according to me every one getting an engineering degree is not an engineer . Engineering is related to creativity and that is only present in few students , usually it is god gifted but some students polish their skills as well.
Rob, there's an interesting story on the shortage topic in The Atlantic today. It's titled, "The Myth of the Science and Engineering Shortage." It says unemployment is still rather high among engineers and scientists, and concludes that wouldn't be the case if there was a real shortage. I do wonder, though, how much it would change the discussion if you took away the H1B visas. I don't claim to know the truth on this complicated issue, but I've heard it said that the shortage is really just a shortage of American engineers, not of engineers in general. Here's the link to the Atlantic story:
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