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  • Hi Taylor,
    
    My first advice would be - absolutely disagree with men who say engineering is only for guys! There are a lot of wonderful female engineers out there, you just have to look at this site to see lots of them. There are a higher number of men in engineering but there is absolutely no reason why girls/women can't be engineers. I am one and really enjoy it so if you think you would like to do it too, do some research into the type of engineering you would most like to do and if you still think you would like to be an engineer - go for it!
    I went to college in Ireland so hopefully someone else may give you information more relevant for you on that question.
    I was about 16 when I decided to become an engineer but I have always been interested in Maths, creating and figuring out how things work.
    Best of luck in your career choice!
  • What types of engineering careers are out there? There are many engineering careers out there; it just depends on what you are interested in. Engineers are in almost every field you can think about. You have Aerospace Engineers, Civil Engineers, Design Engineers, Manufacturing Engineers, Sales Engineers, Electrical Engineers Production Engineers, Safety Engineers, Software Engineers and many more. You need to decide what you want to do then narrow your search down with what types of engineers do that type of work. How much schooling does it take? Most engineering careers will take about four to five years of education. Sometimes, depending on what type engineering career you want to obtain, you may have to take some tests after completing your degree. How do you decided between opening up your own store, or going into engineering? Im not sure what type store you are trying to open, but if you are trying to open up your own engineering company I would recommend that you work in that industry first so that you can get familiar with what others may want from you once you go into business. Is it hard for an African American female to become a successful engineer? It is harder because you have two factors against you, you are a female and you are an African American. When coming out of school you will probably feel that you always have to prove yourself. Sometimes they dont listen to you so you have to speak up and make sure that you keep up with everything in your field that you need to know. You have to remember to not to be afraid to ask question and just make sure that you dont allow anyone to ignore you, stand out by doing more than you need to. Is it really worth it? If you want it, it is worth it! Go for what you want, but if it is not in your heart then find something else. Could I open up a business, and be an engineer? Like I stated before, you can open your own engineering firm but try to get some experience in the industry for about five years then try to go and open your business. What types of engineering would you suggest for a girl who likes poetry, playing instruments, figuring out problems, math, dancing, helping people, and having fun? You have just described me! There is nothing wrong with enjoying extra curricular activities but you are going to have to decide again what type of work would you like to do after school. Are you a hands on person? Do you like to sit in front of the computer all day? Would you like to see your work one day in downtown Atlanta or somewhere else? Or would you like to work around chemicals on aircrafts or in the medical field? You have to sit down and decide what do you want to wake up every morning doing and then research what type of engineer you would need to be.
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