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What type of Engineer?

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Hey everyone, I wanted to post this here because I want more information on engineering before I make any big decisions in my life. I am currently a junior in high school and was always interested in engineering. Ever since I was a kid my parents thought that I would be a great engineer. However, the problem lies in which type of engineering that I want to do. My parents always saw me as a computer person and thought that computer or electrical engineering would be the best for me.
Recently, I've been more and more interested in Aerospace/Aeronautical Engineering. I'm not quite sure on what I want to do later in life yet so any information regarding this topic would be valuable for me. The college admission process will begin in less than a year from now so I want to make sure I know what I want to major in.
What kind of jobs would an aeronautical engineer have and what type of education would i need for that. I do not know much about Aeronautics so I really need your help.
Thank you very much!
 

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For engineering in general, here is a reasonable and brief list -
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_engineering_branches

Structural engineering has evolved from civil engineering into its own specialty.

or http://www.sinc.sunysb.edu/Stu/hnaseer/photo.htm [Broken]
http://www.dedicatedengineers.org/Resources/Engineering_Disciplines_Handout.pdf

For aerospace and aeronautical engineering, I recommend browsing the AIAA webiste -
www.aiaa.org

https://www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=257 [Broken]

AIAA Technical Committees - https://www.aiaa.org/Secondary.aspx?id=458
 
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Would finding a job be difficult after my bachelors degree? Would doing a double major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering be more beneficial? I still need help deciding between Aerospace and Computer Engineering...
 
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If you go the aerospace route, many schools offer dual majors with mechanical for very little extra coursework. (I think my school required 4-5 classes in addition to the Aero curriculum).

What do you think Aeronautical engineers do? Just curious because I knew some people going into school who thought they "designed" planes. It's not quite that simple in industry.
 
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Well my dad used to work in defense and he used to experiment with rockets and missiles. But he was more on the software side. I want a job in the air force or commercial like Lockheed Martin. Still not that aware of my options though.
 

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