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Astronautical or nuclear engineering. Which one has a better prospects for the future?

  1. Oct 25, 2014 #1

    I am just months away from finishing High School and both, nuclear and astronautical engineering are the careers I am striving towards to. The thing is that I have read so many bad things and prospects for nuclear engineering, that I am not sure if it is a viable career. I want to study in Germany, but with the nuclear plants shooting down in 2020, is there still any point on studying nuclear engineering? I am convinced it is the energy of the future, but more and more countries are shying away from it

    Also, if I were to study astronautical engineering, which other branch of engineering would I have to study first (mechanical or aeronautical)? How is the pay for nuclear engineers and astronautical engineers?

    Is there any other career you would recommend me? I love physics and mathematics and I am pretty good with chemistry (although I don't love it too much). I am looking for a profession that will have a good pay and will definitely have a good future.
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  3. Oct 31, 2014 #2
    Thanks for the post! Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
  4. Nov 4, 2014 #3
    Hey, I just read your post and was in a similar dilemma between engineering and computer science. While I was researching engineering I found most employed aeronautical engineers hold BA's in mechanical engineer degree's. It seemed as if you are positive you want to go into aeronautical it would be wiser to do so; however if you are still unsure the more vague mechanical engineering degree might be a more profitable idea. As far as Nuclear engineering goes, I was in the Navy for a few years and from my personal experience of meeting people that worked in the reactor, none had troubles finding jobs when they seperated. Hope this helps! Oh by the way this is from a North American perspective, I noticed you specified college in Germany from your post.
  5. Nov 5, 2014 #4


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    A lot of astronautics engineers started out with aeronautics. I started out with physics. A friend of mine is a nuclear engineer, who originally did maths. My advice would be to study the one that engages you the most - not what you suspect will pay you more in 20 years time.
  6. Nov 5, 2014 #5
    That's good advice for comparing between (sometimes radically) different fields; however, for when comparing similar fields, e.g. different disciplines of engineering, future prospects is an important consideration.
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