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drumwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:34 PM
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Is a computer science degree still useful now in today's job market?
Even with all our tech jobs being offshored (that's the proper term, not "outsourced," BTW) to India? Or should I just go for an engineering degree instead?

I went back to school thinking I was going to get a master's degree in CS, but now I'm wondering whether I should switch to electrical engineering instead. I'm still taking all the core undergrad reqs in calculus and physics so I don't have to decide just yet, but I figure in a couple of semesters it's going to make a difference.
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burythehatchet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:36 PM
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1. do you like Indian food?
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drumwolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:42 PM
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3. I love the food. And I could also get into Bollywood flicks, too.
I couldn't deal with the weather, though.
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DS1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 01:37 PM
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2. I'll bet you Raytheon, Lockheed, and all the other big defense
companies are looking for EEs that are American Citizens.

There was ~always~ a booth for each of those companies I listed, and others, advertising to move you somewhere south and train you, so long as you were able to get a secret clearance.
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salvorhardin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-29-05 02:08 PM
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4. Unless you truly love computer science
Edited on Sat Jan-29-05 02:08 PM by salvorhardin
and want to work in the field as an academic, then I'd say no. If you're considering CS to improve your programming skills then I'd say study something you love and take programming courses on the side. At least that way you have something more to offer a company than just your programming skills, especially if that something happens to be the field the company works in. Also it will expand your horizons should you decide to do something else later.

Don't think that those EE jobs are safe either. Those are just as amenable to outsourcing as programming jobs.
http://www.manufacturingnews.com/news/03/1104/art1.html
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