Is it okay to wear a nose ring as an engineer?

Hi, I'm Nia. I'll be into the 11th grade this year and highly interested in engineering. I was just wondering, what classes can I take during high school which is geared mostly toward a engineering career. Also, is it possible me to get a engineering job with a nose ring or any other body modification?

Thanks!
posted by Nia, maryland on July 2, 2014

Answer 1 by Jessye Bemley

Hello Nia,

I think it is awesome that you are interested in engineering. Classes you can take are in math(alegbra, calculus) and science (physics, chemistry). There are many different engineering disciplines I will list only a few of the main ones here ( chemical, mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial, civil). This website can give you a little more information on the different types http://www.ic.sunysb.edu/Stu/hnaseer/photo.htm . Also depending on the type of engineering discipline you would like to go into you see if your school offers classes in computers, electronics, cad design, mechanical design etc. 

To answer your second question about body modifications, it depends on where you work and your manager. Most jobs in corporate america for example might require you to cover up your tattoos or take out your nose ring because of the company culture. In manufacturing settings you might be ok but they make ask you to be careful when working with certain equipment on the floor. But many people are always happy to share their policies with you.

I hope this helps let me know if you have anymore questions.

Answer 2 by Zahra Khan

Hi Nia,

I agree with Jessye about math and science being the key subjects to prepare for engineering in high school.
Other than that, depends on the type of engineering.

As for a nose ring, I wear one and haven't had issues so far. It depends on the work place I suppose and I don't know what percentage of places might have issues soi don't know if what I've experienced is the norm or if I've just been lucky.