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Most engineers specialize. There is a wide array of specialties and subspecialties. The Occupational Outlook Handbook describes the prominent engineering specialties. The largest number of engineers are employed as electrical and electronics engineers. Civil engineers, industrial engineers and mechanical engineers round out the four largest disciplines.
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So, you've decided to study engineering abroad. Now you find yourself faced with an almost overwhelming number of options – so many countries and so many schools to choose from. In the United States alone, there are 346 universities approved by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), the national organization that ensures standard competence among engineering colleges. The United States should place high on your list when deciding on a country in which to study as some of the best engineering schools in the world can be found here.
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Many non-engineers are unaware of the vast job opportunities available to individuals with advanced engineering degrees. The best path to a satisfying career in high technology is an advanced degree in engineering. But what about students who have majored in such subjects as physics, biology, and math, or even history and music? Despite the seeming discrepancy between your undergraduate major and your aspiration for graduate education in engineering, it is possible to find a program that will allow you to earn an MS degree in engineering without a prior Bachelor's degree. Several such programs exist in the United States, and if you are interested, your goal should be to find one that best matches your particular situation. By building upon prior, non-engineering undergraduate coursework, you can turn a non-engineering background into an asset. Successful students who choose this mid-career pathway can come from such diverse undergraduate backgrounds as math, music, physics, chemistry, biology, education, English, psychology, business, and the fine arts.
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Engineering is an exciting career. Engineers make society better through problem solving, teamwork, and leadership. Projections have shown that the United States will have a shortage of engineers in the near future. However, currently only about 10% of all practicing engineers in the United States are women, and less than 20% of students studying engineering are women. Because of these low numbers, female engineering students can sometimes feel isolated and misunderstood. Many universities and colleges have created Women in Engineering (WIE) programs to provide support, information, and activities to encourage women to complete engineering degrees. Some universities and colleges have Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) programs, which have a focus on students not only studying engineering, but the science disciplines as well. These WIE and WISE programs, because they are supported by the university, show that the university is committed to educating women engineers. Most of them have fairly common objectives and activities.
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Engineering education is drawing record numbers of students to the United States from around the globe with good reason. Those with an engineering education possess the ability to make a real difference in their world, whether it be a local environmental improvement project, designing and developing artificial organs, or designing vehicles of the future for a major manufacturer. The broad range of careers available to engineers, and the rising demand for those with technical knowledge, make those with an engineering degree highly desirable to employers.
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Most universities offer computer engineering as either a degree, sub-discipline of electrical engineering, or offer a dual degree in both electrical and computer engineering. Because computing has become so much a part society, it is hard to separate what an electrical engineer needs to know and what a computer engineer needs to know.
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