Im a little over a month away from my BS in nuclear engineering and have been accepted into grad school. Im not sure Im all that thrilled with it right now though. When I started studying NE, I pictured myself working in a big nuclear facility, being amongst the equipment, working in hotcells, suiting up and all the like - or at a national lab, tinkering with high tech gadgets, working with large radioactive sources, handling exotic actinides, tinkering with a critical assembly, etc. In reality, everybody wants to just put me at a desk running software all day (both industry and national labs). The idea of sitting at a desk all day crunching numbers for the rest of my career is terrifying! Dont get me wrong, I expect there will be a certain amount of computer and paperwork, but like 98-100%? The few jobs I found that looked interesting, they were all like "oh thats a technician job, you only need a highschool diploma for that." I keep telling people where I intern that I want hands on work but it appears they dont listen to me which makes me not want to work for them when Im done. So whats the deal? Is this how most engineering careers are? Am I doomed to be behind a desk if I decide to stay in engineering? Im worried I just put in 5 years of hard labor (with another 2 lined up) for something that does not sound very enjoyable. Its a bummer too because I really love learning about it all.