I was wondering what type of college degrees the people on here have, and what type of jobs they’ve found go with the degree.
This question arises as I’m considering majors for college. I’m really looking between Computer Science and Electrical Engineering right now. (Math is a slight possibility, but I’d need a little more convincing to go that way. I’m not sure what I’d do with it when I get out of school, other than just keep going back to school! :rolleyes:) Obviously, what degree I pursue will be dependent on what type of job I want after I get out.
I could go one of two ways very easily:
Electrical/robotic work: I enjoy robotics and robot competitions. I like creating sensor systems and writing programs to respond to the sensor input. I could be very happy in a controls programming job. Or, I could be happy in a job that dealt with programming robots/microcontrollers. I just got an Arduino for Christmas, and I’m enjoying figuring out basic circuit design.
Math/Computer Science work: I also really like math and theoretical stuff. I’d also be perfectly content as a number theorist working in cryptography or a computer scientist developing new algorithms of some kind.
I know I don’t want to just end up writing some computer application (for example, I would find writing a part of Word or Internet Explorer incredibly boring)–I enjoy using computers for math/science purposes, rather than just creating software. If this is what CS jobs tend to turn into, maybe EE (or even math) is more what I want to pursue.
So, I guess I really have two questions:
- What degree do you have, and what jobs have you seen be made available with that degree?
- What could a “day in the life” of a person with your degree look like? (e.g. are you writing Word, or are you designing a control system, or are you coordinating meetings, or…?)