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Engineering Engineering Physics or Mechanical Engineering

  1. May 2, 2012 #1
    Well im unsure which degree I should go after, I like Engineering Physics because its so broad and includes elements from ME, EE, and normal physics, and this makes me happy because I really I feel like I can learn more and have more job opportunities, but then again lots of websites have told me that an EP degree is no where near as marketable as a ME degree. ME is also a very broad discipline but no where near EP. I was wandering which one you guys think is better, especially for some one who intends to work with nanotechnology.
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  3. May 3, 2012 #2
    As someone who went for physics because of the broad skills that would "help me have more job opportunities" let me tell you what I've found: employers (right now at least) don't want "broad skills". They want you to be good at a specific set of skills.

    Go look at ME job ads online (monster, career builder, dice, indeed) and look at what they want you to know. They want you to know very specific software and specific concepts. They don't care that you *also* know something else. They just want you to know what they need.

    Secondly, I don't know if ME is the best way to go for nanotechnology. I would think electrical engineering would be more related. You'd do well to do some more research into the field. "Nanotechnology" just means "really small technology" so there is a HUGE swath of R&D areas that fall under it. You should try and narrow down your interests.

    Of course, this goes out the window if you intend to go to grad school, as grad school lets you work on your intended field so you have an easier time finding a job later.
  4. May 4, 2012 #3
    Yea this is why I think EP would be better because it incorporates a lot of EE in it. It also incorporates Environmental Engineering into it which I also find cool.
  5. May 5, 2012 #4
    Mechanical is quite interesting
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