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What University should I go to? Lawyer or Engineer?

I have to apply only to Universities in/near Chicago, and ALSO in/near Clarksville, Maryland. (Clarksville is 45 min. away from Washington, DC) I'm supposed to be married at the age of 19, which is not that far. After marriage, I plan on going to a law school or an engineering school. But what other career...

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Don't go Civil Engineering because they are the lowest paid engineers out there.


And don't believe the people that say that there is a shortage of engineers in the U.S. They are just using that excuse to get the government to approve more HB-1 visas to pay people less or export the jobs overseas for cheaper labor.

William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering, said starting salaries for engineers seem generally stable -- neither rising dramatically, implying a shortage, nor falling, implying an oversupply. Wulf said the U.S. probably has enough engineers in sum, counting 70,000 to 75,000 graduates each year.

"Many people have looked for evidence of a current shortage of engineers and they haven't been able to find any real signs of that evidence," said Michael Teitelbaum, a demographer for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

A study released in December by Duke University's School of Engineering reported that the nation "is currently producing a competitive number of engineers, computer science and information technology professionals."

Schools push engineering programs because they are money makers for the school since it takes more credit hours to get a degree in engineering than other majors.

Lawyers, there are literally too many of them already.

I would suggest getting into Accounting or Finance. You can make a good living doing that and get paid very well. You can make good money right out of college and even more after you get your certification in whatever field of Accounting or Finance you go into.

If you have your heart set on engineering, I would suggest Biomedical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Industrial Engineering. I recommend steering away from Civil Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering.
2. helpfulhannah
If you can hack the math, go with engineering. Not computer engineering, those jobs are going overseas (cheaper labor). Civil engineer, how can that be sent overseas efficiently? Anyway, Americans aren't as a rule that terrific with math, so go with a math major as surely you will have job security. You are looking for a lifetime career as much as possible here.

There are so many lawyers!

Oh, you know, nursing is a great field. Or physician's assistant, which means you become a nurse and then continue on with your education. People switch into nursing because it pays fairly well and there is great job security.

You know what would be smart? Getting the LPN at the local technical college in 15 months. Then getting the BSN while you work weekends as a nurse. Then going for physician's assistant. Oh, and don't forget, you can work as a nurse on the weekends (32 hrs on weekend) while dad is with the kids, then you stay home with the kids all week. A very family-friendly occupation.
3. noble_savage
If you get a 4 year engineering Bachelor's degree, you can still go to law school which takes 3-4 years after you get your B.S.

While you're in law school, you can take the "patent bar" which will let you become a "patent agent." This will let you file and defend patents before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. You don't actually need a law degree to do that.

After law school, you can become a patent attorney, which is one of the highest paid sub-fields of law.
4. claire
some of the different types of engineering are civil, enviornmental, mechanical, electrical, aerospace, and im sure there are some others. my boyfriend was an engineering major, but he switched because he didnt think he was creative enough.
my boyfriends step dad is a lawyer and it sometimes gets stressful for him but he makes over 100,000 a year. but as for your other questions, sorry i dont know.

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