Originally Posted by GreenFrog
Obviously finance is a broad industry, but you're generally working a lot of hours for that fat paycheck as well.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but engineering hours should be, on average, much lower than high finance hours.
Well, it depends on the job. I worked 55 hrs a week on average, I suppose, as an engineer. Many people just clocked in their 40 unless something came up, in which case you were clearly expected to get whatever it was done.
I'm doing 60 now with work and class, tack in my commute and I'm up to 80, week in week out for four years now, which sucketh.
Originally Posted by P755
Working in the engineering industry is not as glamorous as you guys would imagine. The compensation package is not as good as one thinks and the work is very administrative.
Oh well... then again, most of the people who took Engineering with me didn't end up as engineers.
In the States at least, Engineering is not glamorous at ALL. You get basically no respect for being an engineer -- its not sexy. Though that turned around a little when the big crash came, as we still had our jobs and were making decent money. But Engineering is like any other job -- there are a whole spectrum of available roles, from being an utter drone to doing really creative work. Its really nichey; I had a great niche in creative eng on the materials science side, but wanted to leverage that experience into patent law. Will let you know how that works out.