I’m 1 month from being a telecom engineer and the profession look very cool. Probobly one of the more generalized engineer types. You have know about a very broad specter of disiplines that makes the course both very interesting and hard.
Radiowaves, antennas, electronics, desk/client-server and mobile programming, networking, optical com, digitalized music/voice, digital signal processing and sound compression are among the thing I’ve been into so far.
Being a natural math genius is not a pre-requisite, as I’ve seen people who did very bad in math in high school, pass the degree. But it do require a lot of work. Untill I came to this course I never did any homework at all in math, as I thought it was fun and understood everything by seeing the teacher do it. But in the first semester of engineering I almost failed.
A question to the other engineers here. What types of engineers in the states are in demand these days? I know in norway you’ll make a fat salary in the oil industry if you’re a processing/chemical engineer. Earning 60-100$ a year, working 2 weeks on and 4 week off (damn, why did I have to pick telco!). Allso construction engineers are in. Not to mention quality engineers are very in demand within larger enterprises (like ESA and BMW).[/quote]
I believe the 2005 average starting salaries listed Chemical as the highest with Computer and Electrical engineering following very closely in 2nd and 3rd. It probably depends highly on where you are located. I know I’m starting well above average for Computer Engineering because I’m in the NYC area and we’re in high demand here.