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liverton11

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I am a 30 years old math instructor at a community college with a M.S. and B.S. in Math that included course works in calculus, advanced calculus, analysis, linear algebra, theoretical statistics, and machine learning, with intermediate knowledge in R and SQL. I also have 3 years of military experience serving as a non-commissioned officer in the US Army and hold a B.A. in History.

My current salary is in the mid-50k range but there are little room for pay-raise (not even cost-of-living raises!) and advancement in my profession. My wife has a M.S. in Industrial Engineering from Purdue and she had been talking me into joining the engineering field.

It will probably take me 4 years to complete a M.S. in Electrical Engineering (prerequisites and grad. course works) so I will be close to the age of 35 by the time I am looking for an entry-level EE job with practically zero engineering experience (other than internships). So my question is, is it likely for me to make good my losses (lack of income for at least 2 years and tuition cost) and climb up in the economic ladder? Is it plausible for me to still make $70k salary with room for advancement?

At my current job, my salary won't change so much... But I will be able to retire when I am 51 with state pension. It just hurts me every time I see my paycheck and think about what I can potentially be earning...

What do you guys think? Any comments are appreciated!