The San Francisco Chronicle recently recommended ten careers to pursue for paying off student loans. The careers were chosen based on the median salary and high employment rates. The #1 career they recommend is systems engineering. OK, it’s not quite operations research, but they describe systems engineering as “scientific understanding with creative problem-solving. [Systems engineers] are responsible for building various systems (computing, mechanical and otherwise) that are efficient and manageable.” Sounds like OR to me.
I was also happy to see that being a university professor was also on the list. Woo hoo!
September 10th, 2010 at 7:25 pm
Don’t get me started on Systems Engineering. I know its supposed to mean computer systems or whatnot but it really is much more than that. I have a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering but if I put in Systems Engineer in Indeed.com I probably would not want a to apply for 98% of the responses. Why or why did they create an job description for Systems Engineer? Is there not enough room for Comp Sci Eng, Network Engineer, Software Engineer?