An engineering major that allows work from home

I'm going to be a Junior in High School this coming year and since my 8th grade year I've been sick. I have a disease where my stomach is paralyzed so some days I can't even get out of bed due to nausea, other days though I seem like a totally normal person. People with my disease can also be admitted to the hospital for dehydration or other problems with little to no notice. I love math and science, I want to be an engineer, and I've see a lot about how flexible a job in engineering can be; sorry for the long intro but my question is, with all my issues is there a certain type of engineering that would be best to let me work from home (or the hospital) when needed? Or is any engineering discipline okay for that? Thank you so much for your input!
posted by Ashley, Ohio on June 27, 2012

Answer by Miss Jeanine Swatton

Hi Ashley, I'm so sorry to hear about your illness. Software engineering would be the perfect field for you giving you opportunities to work from home. For example, I have done contracting work on the side for iOS development and Web application development. Although some companies are outsourcing, they would prefer working with someone in the US then outsource the rest of the work overseas. I'm not familiar with other areas of engineering - but in the software sector this is definitely a possibility. Are you passionate about writing code and developing applications whether it be web applications using Ruby on Rails or iPhone/iPad applications using iOS? Remember, if the passion is not there, then it will be more challenging. I love writing code. I also love managing teams of engineers. In my opinion, when you write your first application (for example, an iPhone application), you code it, you build it and you see it run on an iPhone, it is such a great feeling thinking that Hey, I built that!. Feel free to contact me if you would like additional information. Many blessings to you! Kindest regards, Jeanine Swatton