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Should I pursue mechanical engineering?

  1. Aug 11, 2012 #1
    I'm a sophomore at Stony Brook University and I want to be an engineer and I want to make a six-figure salary. I started off doing biomedical engineering and realized it wasnt for me. Then I wanted to switch to Chemical, Electrical, Civil, and Computer Engineering but I'm far behind and their classes conflict with each other for me. Mec engineering is all I have left. I can finish it in 4-5 years unlike the other majors I mentioned but I really desire to have a six figure salary, how can that be accomplished?

    I feel like I don't have a preference when it comes to engineering as long as I don't have to deal with Biology.. b/c i hate it.


    I'm BME but i dont think it's for me and I heard it's a terrible field b/c of it's unemployment

    I wanna switch majors and MEC seems to be the only one that I can finish in 4-5 years

    A six-figure salary is a priority to me
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  3. Aug 11, 2012 #2
    There is no way you're going to be making six-figures straight out of college. I can understand not liking biology (I don't either) but I would make sure that engineering in general is truly what you want to do. Money and job security is good but if you don't like it then you'll never really be satisfied. Most engineers are very dedicated to their job and definitely don't do it just for the money.

    Just don't dedicate the next 3 years of school to something you will hate. I would find out if what you dislike about BMEN are things that all engineers do. Talk to some professors that have industry experience and then decide.
  4. Aug 12, 2012 #3


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    Well, I can think of several ways to make 6 figures straight out of college. But the bad news is, most of them are illegal. :cry:

    Seriously though, if you have the idea that "getting a degree" is any subject an automatic route to being rich, you are going to get a big surprise. These days, it isn't even an automatic route to being employable, unless you have the right personal skills and attitude to life.
  5. Aug 12, 2012 #4
    If six figure salary is a priority, choose another profession. I recommend medicine or law.
  6. Aug 13, 2012 #5
    Personally, I think you are setting your sights too low. If you only aim for a 6 figure salary, you will never attain the 8, or 9 figure salary that most successful engineers truly aim for.

    Aim high, my friend, aim high.
  7. Aug 14, 2012 #6
    This sounds more like a whirlpool forums question (education section). They love these questions.
  8. Aug 15, 2012 #7
    Do the world (and mostly yourself) a favor and don't become a mechanical engineer.

    Most engineering education starts out the same in undergrad. During your first two years of undergrad, you should be taking physics, calculus, chemistry, general education, etc. Electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, aeronautical, civil and biomedical engineering all have those same requirements. Why is it that most of your completed coursework is only transferable to mechanical engineering?

    Typically speaking, ME degrees take 4-5 years to complete anyways. How is it that you think you can transfer coursework into that program and it will still take you 4-5 yrs to complete? Are you a slacker? Why do you think civil or electrical engineering programs will take you 6 or more years?

    Your post presents you as both money driven and lazy. It doesn't matter what profession you choose, that combination of characteristics will work against you.
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