I have a friend who's an engineer who told me how much he loves his job because he gets to go on trips to different countries, make presentations, look at areas where finance and engineering overlap, etc.. All I could think to myself was "I've never got to do any of that."
as an engineer i can tell you its not all beer and skittles. in the upstream oil industry at least, most of those countries are nightmarish warn torn, uninhabitated deserts/frozen wastelands or worse; houston. the presentations are usually ignored by management who dont understand them.
engineers usually also feel like they are forced to make bad decisions at the behest of accountants
i must admit though, at the end of the day the actual technical work is great. even if it only makes up 30% of my day.
as a side note, most big E&P companies will send their finance workers on basic engineering courses if they request it. often overseas.