Am I Too Old to be an Engineer?

I am working as a high school math teacher. When I was an undergraduate math student, I have taken some industrial engineering classes and loved them. Now I'm thinking to go back to school to get a master's degree in IE. I'm in my late 20's. Is it too late to become an engineer?
posted by Alice, Los Angeles, CA on March 30, 2012

Answer by Dr. Kelly J Knight

I obtained my Masters around age 35 and my PHD at 41. My initial reasoning was that I was very dissatisfied with what I was doing at the time and made a commitment to myself to walk the path of fulfillment in all of my life and that meant an upper degree at that time. As I pursued my degrees, which were harder to do because I was older and had been out of school for awhile, I figured out that I would be old with or without the degrees. I definitely wanted to put myself in the best place to succeed so my decision was to continue to pursue the degrees. Now I have an exciting engineering job and work on some of the largest projects in the world. I chose a company with a healthy lets-dig-in-and-build-it culture which puts me with energetic and positive, forward-looking people. I made a decision long ago that being old was not going to stop me and I have never looked back since.