Hi, my name is Maria and I am currently a sophomore in college majoring in chemical engineering. I was looking on Google, and I couldn't find the answer to these questions anywhere, so I figured I would ask a real engineer.
I am interested in working in the manufacturing section of chemical engineering (drugs, pharmaceuticals, etc.), and I was wondering: how much education should I get to do this? I started college two years early (I'm seventeen now), and so it is not completely inconceivable that I would stay in school long enough to earn a Master's or PhD (but I also don't want to waste my time in school for a useless degree). Basically, I like chemistry and math and would like to earn as much as money as I can, but I don't want to sit in an office doing research all day; I want to solve problems and manufacture products.
Another question: after I finish college (and maybe get some work experience), I am considering possibly going to law school and becoming a patent attorney. Would it be advantageous to acquire solid engineering experience before going to law school? And again, how much education do you think I should pursue for this? I don't want to get an undergrad degree, become an attorney, and then go back to grad school. I would like to get it all out of the way to begin with.
Thank you, and I understand if you can't answer my questions about becoming an attorney. :)
by Maria, Organization/City
on May 24, 2013