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Engineering Engineering physics vs. aerospace engineering

  1. Mar 12, 2012 #1
    Hey guys. I'm currently in grade 11. I'm not sure what exactly I want to do in the future but I do have plans for going for an MBA eventually. I was wondering what jobs do people with degrees in engineering physics do and if it is likely that they can also become aerospace engineers. Like most people, I would like to make lots of money, but want to do something I like. I was told that engineers make a lot according to their degree, experience, and where they graduated from. Any opinions would be great!
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  3. Mar 12, 2012 #2
    Rule number one: Borrowing a line from Wall Street, "Past performance is no indication of future returns." That said, most who have built careers as engineers will eventually make it to the upper middle class. This won't happen overnight, but it usually does happen.

    Rule number two: Remember how your classmates treated you when you were one of the nerds? Well, that doesn't change. If you persist in being an engineer, you probably won't make much headway among the executive crowd. Engineers are often treated poorly in companies because they don't know what a good engineer can do for them or where the best investments of money would be inside the company. If you want to make real money, you'll find it in management.

    As for me, I graduated from The Johns Hopkins University, Whiting School of Engineering. I have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, and a PE in Control Systems Engineering. I've been practicing on Control Systems and SCADA systems for 26 years and intend to keep practicing until I get it right. :-)

    Yes, I enjoy my work, though the company I work for is often a bit crazy. It hasn't been bad enough to chase me out the door, though they have come close at times. Though I've been there for 26 years, I keep my resume current, and I network with lots of people. You can never be too certain of your job, no matter how good you may be.
  4. Mar 13, 2012 #3
    Thanks for the great response. I have a quick question. Is it possible though I can reach management positions within an engineering firm with an MBA plus the engineering degrees. My goal is to be one of the head executives of an engineering firm and manage the actual projects. I am in Ontario and plan to do undergrad here but later will aim to do my doctorate and masters in MIT. I like physics, math, and chemistry, and also enjoyed economics. Of course I'm talking about high school courses and know university is much different.
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