I recently sent in my application for the materials engineering program at McGill University. I was all set on this career path but doubt is beginning to set in. Friends and family have been telling me that materials engineering is a dead-end, that the jobs are few, and growth minuscule. They recommend mainstays such as electrical or mechanical engineering. What is the sense out there about materials engineering? Am I right to give it a second thought? Mind you, I do have other options. I have also applied to a few environmental and electrical engineering programs throughout Canada. Personally, I'm interested in materials or environmental but I have to seriously consider career outlook. I'm 26 and starting university in September, this is my chance escape the retail rut I've found myself in these last few years; this is my second chance and I don't think there will be third. Any advice would be most appreciated.