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Need help deciding what engineer to be

  1. Oct 15, 2012 #1
    I'm not sure what Engineer I should be or if I should really be one, but I know two things;
    I really enjoy math and physics/chemistry. I've only taken so far Calculus 3 and Classical Mechanics so I'm not too familiar with both topics but I do know that I really enjoy doing them. They just seem to make sense and it's fun like putting a puzzle together. I like a desk job, sitting in front of a computer in an office room which may sound crazy but that's what I prefer. I was thinking of Civil Engineering which I've started taking courses in (Statics and Surveying) and I hate surveying utterly with all my heart(maybe because my professor shows up to class with no lesson plan and just wings it and I like predictability). There has never been a topic I've enjoyed so little and I really hope this is not what Civil Engineers do. The reason I'm confused is because I really don't know what Engineers do on a regular basis and I've been told that this math and physics I learn will rarely be used which is disheartening but I can understand why Calculus wouldn't be used in modern time Engineering.

    I may not be giving much information but if possible could anyone describe to me a job that requires use of these two topics? I started college early with no guidance and it was completely new for me to not have a schedule planned out for me and whenever I see a counselor, they always tell me to take general ed or follow some sort of curriculum and when I ask them about what the job is actually like, they can't answer. I would really just love to know the applications of these topics in the real world and what jobs apply them and what certain kinds of engineers do.

    Edit: I actually found out that my friend's brother is an engineer and after a long talk, I've decided on structural engineering. Thank you to everyone for reading my post, and if anyone has input on what structural engineers do, it is still welcome.
    Last edited: Oct 16, 2012
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