Question: Hi, I am currently a junior in college and am pursuing a degree is psychology and I am struggling between Pre-Med or doing engineering. I love math and I took the Johnson O' Connor, which is a very expensive aptitude and occupation test, and they told me to focus on medicine or engineering. The only thing is that I'm a HUGE people person, I'm very social and I love talking and communication, which is why becoming a doctor is idea, but I have no want to learn biology; I would love to study math. The problem with engineering is that I'm afraid that it's not going to be social enough for me (it may sound silly but I was blessed with communication skills and I don't want to waste them); I'm an extrovert all the way. I love people interaction and helping people. I was just wondering how that would help or be satisfied through engineering. So I was wondering what you would suggest. I love the idea of working with numbers and I'm not sure what engineering degree I would focus on, but I am interested in it. Any advice on certain fields me communication skills would be helpful in or anything would be helpful. Thank you!
by Brittney, Dallas, TX
on March 30, 2012
An engineering degree provides you with the basic training in a technical field. It doesn't mean you will always go on to be an engineer that only faces machines all day. I see the engineering degree as a ticket to the technical world in the highly professional and high-paying industry. In industry that sells technology products, there are many job functions that interacts with people on a daily basis including technical support, technical sales, product marketing, and project management. In these positions, you need to provide service or try to sell technical products using your technical background combined with interpersonal skills.
An engineering degree can be combined with MD, MBA, or JD for more other specialties that are often higher positions in the technical industry. MDs and MBAs with engineering background often allows you to be in a higher management position in medical device, biotechnology, or other high-tech industries performing job functions such as clinical or business development. In these decision-making positions, your engineering background provides you the necessary technical understanding to make the best decision. Many engineers with or without a JD become patent lawyers or patent officers. Although these positions may not interact with people as much as you like, these are other possibilities that require engineering degrees.
I hope this gives you a broad overview of the technical industry and possibilities.