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Engineering Career Vs Accounting Degree

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Dec 11, 2001
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OP... I read 6 pages and stopped. I am a mac elec eng graduate 2004.

Engineering left the most # of doors open. I'm working as an IT security consultant, first job, same company since 2005(took year off after school to play poker :D ). It honestly just gives you so many options, just look at this... most people who flunk out of eng can go comp sci, poli sci, arts, business and so on... it's very difficult to go the other way, even impossible for arts/humanities who don't have the pre-reqs.

OP you cannot go wrong being an engineer. Put your eng together with a technical MBA and you are guarantee'ing yourself a bright future. It is all up to the individual... If you're smart, handle people well you will get paid well. I have no regrets taking engineering. 40-50K starting is very good, if you are good your salary will come. Take all posts with a grain of salt and ego.
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wow, this is a tough decision, good thing i have one more year to decide.
How hard is it to get a accounting designation? Does the salary bump up alot after that?
Thx in Advance
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engineers rule the world,

without engineers, you couldn't get computers, cars, buildings, ... the world
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I'm an engineer and I hate my job > :(

ok I lied, I love it... :cheesygri
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To prospective students of either disciplines: choose engineering. This century will experience a technology boom unlike any other and we'll need engineers to drive that innovation. Engineering is difficult, sure, but it will be a very rewarding experience. I used to be a mechanical engineering student but I regret not finishing the program. I was a huge math and science nerd in high school and now I feel somewhat empty after witnessing my scientific career end in such a disappointment. If you want an intellectual challenge that will push you to your limits and make you understand more of yourself and the world, choose engineering.

Don't go into accounting. Too many students are entering the field and not enough into engineering. Besides, I don't want the extra competition now that I'm studying accounting. :razz:
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PoRco wrote:
May 15th, 2009 6:29 am
Your a douche btw. His marks are fine. You ought to be encouraging him instead.
First of all it's "you're a douche" not "your" :lol: and secondly, you're right. I saw guys whose high school marks barely got them into UoT engineering, but who were extremely determined and resourceful and ultimately did better than other guys who had straight 90's in high school and mistakenly thought that they were going to breeze through the program and bombed out instead.

Engineering is not a cakewalk. Especially first year. Forget the way you used to score well in high school. That no longer applies in eng. The first question on the first exam you take in applied science will make you realize that. You can study all you want and still have no idea of how to solve most of the questions on your exams.

The best advice anyone can give you is 1) go to as many classes as you can. 2) Make friends and get into a good study group as quickly as you can and 3) Get after TA's to help you with your problem sets. The profs will blow you off first year, but the TA's are the ones that can help you understand the math & science. At least that's how it was in the early 90's when I graduated...who knows how things are now...
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4) Avoid profs that use Powerpoint like the plague.
"I worked with several H1B employees that were/are borderline ********. One of them wanted to spray an electrical patch panel with solvent to see if it would make the “network go faster”". <--- lol (source)
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BobSaget wrote:
May 15th, 2009 11:54 am
Don't go into accounting. Too many students are entering the field and not enough into engineering. Besides, I don't want the extra competition now that I'm studying accounting. :razz:
Okay, so here we go......

Too many students entering accounting
Too many students are enrolled in engineering
There is a critical surplus of teachers.
Canada has the highest number of CFAs per capita
Competition is fierce for IT jobs + outsourcing.
Its really hard to become a firefighter
Trades are hit hard because of the economy and the importing of cheap labor (Latin America and Eastern Europe).

As for engineers:

"Demand for engineers is expected to remain strong in western Canada until about 2010, whereas the situation in central Canada will be characterized by a case of too many engineers."
http://www.canadianimmigrant.ca/careers ... ticle/3017
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pitz wrote:
May 15th, 2009 12:24 pm
4) Avoid profs that use Powerpoint like the plague.
See, PPT didn't even exist when I went to school...just overhead projectors...

Oh and one more tip, if you go to Toronto, learn how to make a blow gun out of the toike oike...
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lol, all the "engineers" posting here.

If engineers "rule the world" why aren't their salaries increasing like the salaries of accounting/finance professionals? Last I checked, engineering isn't what it used to be.

Then again, just look at the numbers. Accounting designations pay more than P. Eng.

Not to take anything away from engineers, whoever is trying to decide, do what you like, not what pays more (which is accounting/finance).

These majors/specialist programs at schools don't decide how much you will get paid, it's your own ability, hunger, and motivation that will reward you according, be it engineering or accounting. I just find it funny how worked up all the engineers are over their egos and what not. We all understand that your workload in university was more than those of commerce students, no one is denying that. Because commerce/accounting pays more in the long run isn't the fault of the students who took that path. Don't hate on accounting, if you think you are so capable then do it yourselves, become those highly paid CFO's and CEO's (primarily who come from accounting/econ/finance backgrounds).

P.S. when I first applied to university out of high school I applied to engineering and business (I did all the pre req OAC's physics, chem, algeo, finite, calc, only calc was required for accounting). I didn't get into the engineering school of choice (UofT) because my chem mark dragged down my avg. and didn't want to go to Ryerson where I was accepted, so I chose to go down the business path. It worked for me, no regrets. In fact I think it worked much better for me as it's fitting for my mindset and entrepreneurial personality.
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TooSoonJr wrote:
May 15th, 2009 9:34 pm
lol, all the "engineers" posting here.

. Don't hate on accounting, if you think you are so capable then do it yourselves, become those highly paid CFO's and CEO's (primarily who come from accounting/econ/finance backgrounds).
WRONG! The most frequent undergrad by fortune 500 CEO's is (drum roll)

ENGINEERING

http://content.spencerstuart.com/sswebs ... eddest=edu

So OP, if you think you are capable you too could become one of those highly paid CEO's who studied engineering first.

But TooLateJr is right, the solution is fairly easy. Don't let money motivate you, because either in accounting or eng you have potential to make a nice living.

Take your senior physics and calculus and then compare to your accounting courses and choose. You have to know already to some degree, do you like fixing things, taking things apart, are you naturally curious on how things work?

The truth will set you free, good luck.
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Accounting seems a "prestigious" field only in Canada. It's different in the U.S and in Europe.

"It has, however, become commonplace for non-accountants to become CFOs in the United States. Indeed, many CFOs have an MBA but no qualified accountancy qualification such as CPA."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Financial_Officer
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TooSoonJr wrote:
May 15th, 2009 9:34 pm
lol, all the "engineers" posting here.

If engineers "rule the world" why aren't their salaries increasing like the salaries of accounting/finance professionals? Last I checked, engineering isn't what it used to be.
Ummm, because of three factors primarily:

a) A financial bubble of epic proportions;
b) The unsustainable importation of engineered goods and services, with no corresponding exports.
c) The running down of long-term infrastructure.

All these factors are in the process of unwinding.
Then again, just look at the numbers. Accounting designations pay more than P. Eng.
Traditionally, this has not been the case. But we live in rather unusual times; we are living off of the engineering legacy of engineers who built things, 20, 30, 40 years ago, and are now completely worn out.
These majors/specialist programs at schools don't decide how much you will get paid, it's your own ability, hunger, and motivation that will reward you according, be it engineering or accounting. I just find it funny how worked
Some fields don't have a lot of opportunity, for instance, Electrical/Computer Engineering has been the worst hit of the engineering fields in the past decade, and certainly, lots of very able and motivated engineers have hit the brick wall of not being able to even find enough employment to get themselves into the position of managing businesses, or building their own businesses. Even top students are taking literally years to find employment, of any kind, when they come out of EE/CompE/CS, with the job market being as bad as it is -- and in many cases, it takes direct industry exposure to even discover the problems that are out there that need to be solved.
Don't hate on accounting, if you think you are so capable then do it yourselves,
The angle many engineers come from when approaching this problem is one of public concern; there is so much infrastructure that is becoming quite dangerous to the public. Engineering, as a profession, is, and ought to be very concerned about competitiveness; a long-term underinvestment in engineering in North America has left most industries obsolete, which very negatively impacts on the quality of life for Americans.

Its not just a matter of engineers going, "pay us more because we 'ERTW'". Its really a matter of engineers going, "provide us more resources so that our profession can attract the best and brightest to bring solutions that improve your quality of living".
"I worked with several H1B employees that were/are borderline ********. One of them wanted to spray an electrical patch panel with solvent to see if it would make the “network go faster”". <--- lol (source)
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" +1, unfortunately, very true. And, anecdotally, admissions committees are reluctant to admit an engineer to medicine/law/dentistry, because of the widespread, albeit true belief, that engineering, in and of itself, is a good career. They'd rather help out someone who, for lack of better words, wouldn't have nearly the same earnings prospect."

wow, way to spin that spitz...You are one of the angriest people on this forum..Why is that pitz?? Like I said, engineers can't stand the fact that accountants make more than them. This whole argument about engineers "building the world" is idiotic. Most engineers I know are lazy, don't give a **** about our "failing infrastructure" (LMAO pitz, you glorify engineers to the point of worship), and chose the profession because it pays well, and is relatively stable. Some here make it seem like engineers are on a mission to save the world, when in reality they get paid as much as police officers, have absolutely zero social life, and/or skills, and sit in front a computer for 8 hours a day waiting for the next paycheck.

I am not saying accounting is better in comparison, but get real. 98% of engineers don't give a rats ass about being innovative, and fixing the world infrastructure.

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