Choosing the right engineering degree.

Hi Kristin! I'm a senior in high school interested in engineering. I am contacting you because I live in a small town south of Pittsburgh. I love the outdoors, hunting, farming, and math. I'm great with people. What engineering options would be a good choice for me?
posted by Jenna, Pennsylvania on July 8, 2013

Answer by Kristin Malosh

Hi Jenna! Thanks so much for reaching out to a fellow Pittsburgh-er!  It sounds like you have a lot of the key interests to be successful as an engineer. As we say, math and science interests are core to an engineer's education. However, as to your question about what type of engineering- sounds like you could be interested in environmental, agricultural or several other options. I studied in an environmental engineering program that was through the agricultural department. My senior design project was building a bio filter to try and minimize the odor emissions from a swine farm, that was a challenging project to say the least. I also worked on a water recycling and chiller system for a tart cherry farm in northern Michigan. Many other types of engineers can work outside as well, for example mechanical or civil engineers who work on construction projects often spend a lot of time in the field. We all have our fair share of office work too. I hope my answer helps. Good luck and Go Steelers!