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How many of you are studying to go into a scientific or mathematically based industry?
MrOhNo 
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Posted 12/1/12

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MrOhNo wrote:

I think any jobs created in engineering would be better suited towards environmental sustainability than space exploration technology; which will most likely end up in military tech before it enters space.


True. About 50 years ago. Military is broke now. I dislike to admit it, but we're right at the door of a civilian age with no wars. Humanity will strive for the next hundred years. We'll easily turn the ocean into drinkable water and we'll start tapping into the energy of the sun in a more direct way.

The space industry will not create that many jobs in the US in 20 years alone. That company will profit a lot by mining asteroids, but not yet. If they do manage to create a constant traffic to the asteroid belt, which would take roughly 2 years to go and come back at current technology, they'll become the richest company in the world. One asteroid alone of a kilometre or two (or even less depending on contents) could cost a couple of trillions. It would only cost a few billions to get there in unmaneed craft, but we don't yet have the technology to do so.

Gold and other precious metals aren't that rare in the universe. But in our case, most of it sank into Earth's core or near it, because that's how gravity works. We don't know much about our core, much less even dream about digging near it. In asteroids they're easily obtained. There's not much to stop you in the universe. Assuming other bodies (like Jupiter) don't affect it, if you throw a rock towards Pluto from space, it'll eventually reach, after a few million years of course.


How will the company earn profits now? Projected earnings for twenty years from now doesn't make the company sustainable in the present. Are you saying that it will take 20 years to create 250,00 jobs on a global scale? What would be the incentive for current and prospective student to enter the mechanical engineering field, if the amount of jobs created would employ less than .10% of the current US population?
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Zxzero wrote:

I know it sounds weird but i want to major in physics and computer sciences. I hope that I can one day say that I worked in building the first next big thing be it Giant Robot,Armor suit, ect


I remember when I used to have dreams... Physics and computer science are pretty closely related, I don't see how it's weird. I'm told that a Mathematics degree with a Philosophy minor is weird, but anyone that has actually studied them is almost never surprised -- I think that would also be true for CS and Physics. Having dabbled in both CS and Physics, I can tell you that programming is an important skill for physicists -- even more so if you want to build Gundams. Although as others have said, you should take a look into engineering too.
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Posted 12/1/12
I really don't have a clue
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I got a BS in Geography with an emphasis on Satellite Mapping (GeoInfromatics). As someone said earlier in the thread the Sciences degrees open up a few options that would not have been there otherwise but as with most of my co-workers and friends we are not using our degrees in our current jobs.
Posted 12/1/12

MrOhNo wrote:

How will the company earn profits now?


It won't. It will run on investments and build small stuff for now.
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Posted 12/1/12
Does GIS count? Hopefully after school I'll be doing something to do with GeoInt.
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Currently I'm working towards my Associates with my eyes set on a PhD in Genetics. Oh the things I would try to do with the genetic makeup of beings... I should start building my mad scientist lab now.
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Posted 12/1/12
CompSci count?
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Posted 12/1/12
my backup is hopefully a job at cree
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Posted 12/1/12

Teung wrote:

Would healthcare count? I'm going into Diagnostic Ultrasound.


Actually you picked one of the top 40 highest paying jobs w/o a 4 year degree, as per Business Insider.
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johnsilver242 wrote:

Eh, I'm getting my PhD in engineering, but I don't really plan to use it. My ambition consists of getting a position at a community college and teaching. Also, are you from an HR recruiting firm? You kinda sound like it.


No, my field of work is somewhat esoteric, it requires me to constantly be learning and collecting info, but I have dealt with several people within that industry in the past. One suggestion for you might be to work on getting an M.B.A. after your engineering degree, with those two fields of study you will always be in demand if your a good worker. I actually pushed my sons to use that exact formula for their careers, not that they listened but they both went into the sciences, so I'm happy.
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Posted 12/1/12
Infrastructure or Nuclear Engineering.

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Posted 12/1/12

SatinChic wrote:

Infrastructure or Nuclear Engineering.



LOL. You're funny! You're always using bold text and that smily.

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Posted 12/1/12

MrOhNo wrote:

Science and Mathematics is a broad range of majors. In four years about half a million jobs have been created. Where will these 250,00 jobs specifically related to developing space exploration technology will come from? I think any jobs created in engineering would be better suited towards environmental sustainability than space exploration technology; which will most likely end up in military tech before it enters space.


Very true!!! I just threw out a couple of examples, my earlier attempt at a lengthy monologue to my question was assassinated by CR during one of there system maintenance operations, i had too much work to sit and recreate a lengthy piece a 2nd time. No, I thoroughly agree with you there are vast amounts of diversity for the futures of these 2 fields of study. I am looking to see the amount of interest younger generations have in science and math, as well as for input from people who work within industries, using these studies to throw out interesting info which might for lack of a better word, inspire someone else.
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Posted 12/1/12
I will in the future.
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