philg - May 16, 2008 @ 11:43 pm
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May 17, 2008
@ 6:18 pm
Every single member of the Chinese politburo was trained as an engineer. Guess that explains a lot about China’s rise.
Of course, the reason why jobs in finance and banking are so attractive is that they pay disproportionately well compared to the actual smarts involved. There is a premium for boredom, to be sure, but that does not explain all. Why aren’t more financial jobs being outsourced to India, for instance?
May 18, 2008
@ 8:25 am
I am an engineering manager in a company that has 12,000 engineers. I’m friends with many because I have been doing this for 18 years. I don’t know single person that will try to influence their children to become engineers.
The long hours, high responsibility, and better pay in other areas outside of the applied engineering areas (Isn’t it something to know that I have a friend that sells wine wholesale makes more money?) will decimate the next generation of engineers.
Medical, financial, and law fields (and apparently liquor sales) are where the action is at. I think bachelor degrees in engineering still may be useful, but only as a core set of classes to move into Med, Fin, Law, not to work in the engineering field.