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Creating a diverse college resume. Positive or negative? My degree was paid by a program that I didn't choose for myself. I'm a junior studying drafting/design. I am trying to make the best of it.

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I want to rsrch & dvlp materials for artificial limbs. Alternatively to switching, I plan to get a 2nd B.S. in Metallurgy from MO S&T w/ a minor in Biomedical Engineering. After that I plan to apply for a Master's in Biomedical. I know this isn't ...

There are plenty of traditional, nontraditional, and interdisciplinary fields of engineering that might just match up with your interests, whether they involve design, architecture, law, business, geography, psychology, or education. As an acoustical engineer, you might develop a state-of-the-art sound studio, or as a sports engineer you might create equipment that tests the performance of athletes.  You might also work in “human factors engineering,” a fascinating field that takes human behavior and psychology into account in developing products and systems.

Salary

The average annual salary for engineers in special and interdisciplinary fields varies significantly depending on the specialty, but for entry-level engineers it ranges around $53,000 to $61,645.*

Examples

  • As an oceanographic engineer, design instruments that can map the ocean floor
  • As a fire protection engineer, develop the fire exit layout for a school
  • As a forensic engineer, investigate a suspicious explosion at a manufacturing plant
  • As a package engineer, design a new bottle for hand cream that increases the shelf life of the product
  • As a systems engineer, design and coordinate large and complex projects known as systems
  • As a safety engineer, inspect a chemical manufacturing company, making sure that workers aren’t exposed to dangerous fumes
*Source: Salary.com 2015
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