Originally Posted by sharpie338
Degrees mean a hell of a lot in engineering. You are very unlikely to get hired at a good job without one.
Engineering degree can lead to all kinds of things. The highest paid EEE I know works in management consulting (after a couple of years working at a defense contractor).
you could also get equivalent military training, which is what I did.
Degree's show you can put forth the work, nothing more. I have no degree, but LOTS of certifications and real world exp. I also went to school @ school of naval engineering(but received no degree, just pass/fail).
I'm proof that it can be done, and I know many fantastic engineers who have done the same. I started with low voltage electrical work, and just kept moving up the pay scale. Went into the navy and they sent me to Telecom school. I got out of the navy, started as a field tech and have worked my way up to project engineering and middle management for a fortune 500 company in the top 100 and make 6 figs+. To say you can't do it without a degree is extremely false, because I did it. I'd say its much easier though to go a different route.
I encourage EVERY engineer to get a degree. It's one of the few industries that actually should go to college. Sciences, Engineer, Medical, and a few more. The rest of the college degree's offered are a huge waist of money and time.
I'm hoping i can do the same as your friend and roll this current middle management job with a defense contractor into an upper management job in the mid 6figs range
I'd be happy as a clam at that point.
Was pursued by Red hat for awhile, but I declined because it would require 100% travel.