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Which 2nd Bachelors would best complement a BS in Electrical Engineering?

  1. Jan 25, 2013 #1
    Having graduated 3.5 years ago, and being unable to get an entry level EE job (I went into an unrelated field right out of college and have tried getting an entry level EE job for over 1 year now), I need to make a decision. I'm starting to think the only way I can get an engineering job is to again be considered a "student" (for co-ops/internships), and then a "fresh out of college candidate", to get a good entry level job.

    With that said, I'm trying to determine what would be the best complement to my EE degree. I've narrowed it down to Chemical Eng, Computer Eng, Biomedical Eng, and Petroleum Eng.

    Currently based out of the Houston, TX area. Can you guys give some suggestions?
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  3. Jan 25, 2013 #2


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    petroleum eng is really hot right now as Oil companies are losing engineers to retirement and failed to hire enough a decade or so ago. Fresh grads are making really good 6 figure salaries.
  4. Jan 25, 2013 #3
    You think that will still be the case in 2-3 years? I figure (hope) a lot of my basic courses transfer and I'd be able to finish in less than the usual 4 years...
  5. Jan 25, 2013 #4


    Staff: Mentor

    Cant say but energy is a big field. Oil in particular with the advent of fracking and its associated controversy.
  6. Jan 28, 2013 #5
    I maybe a bit biased being a nuclear engineering major but everyone I know that has graduated from my university have a good paying jobs. The average is about $70,000 but honestly I'd say your electrical engineering curriculum would probably only transfer general chemistry 1&2, physics 1&2, calculus 1-3, differential equations, of course all the English and other small general education classes. That means you'd have about 2 years of course work either way you go. However I'd just go mechanical if I were you, it's probably the broadest engineering field and you work in any if those other fields with a mechanical engineering degree especially petroleum. You could even become a nuclear, aerospace, or computer engineer with the mechanical degree. The fact that you already have an electrical engineering degree would set you up nicely to work in the energy sector. Just my .02
  7. Jan 28, 2013 #6
    Instead of acquiring a second bachelors, get a graduate degree in EE.

    If you still are focused on getting a second bachelors, biomedical or computer engineering would allow you to take advantage of some of your EE degree.
  8. Jan 29, 2013 #7
    I've considered that. I'm in a tough spot right now though, as I don't want to put this off for another year (I haven't taken the GRE yet, and I don't know if there will be another one in time for grad school applications to be put in).

    I'd like to get into something by this coming fall (2013); whether its MSEE or BS in another engineering discipline.
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