The Career Doctor™
WILL A MOVE BE BAD FOR MY KIDS?
Dear Career Doctor:
I am considering becoming a Mechanical Engineer, but I am worried that they
have to move a lot and that would be bad for my kids. (I think the work is
often located at manufacturing plants in rural areas rather than in cities,
so job changes mean relocating.) How do families cope with this if the
children are in school? Also, what is the average salary for Mechanical
Engineers and what companies hire them besides manufacturing companies?
I can't think of any career where there's a guarantee that you will never
want or have to move. Moves are disruptive, since it usually takes at
least six months to feel at home in a new community, but that isn't necessarily
a bad thing. In fact, some child psychologists say that children who move a
couple times while growing up adjust better to college. However, every
move obviously must be assessed in terms of the benefits and detriments
to every person in the family.
As for the specifics of Mechanical Engineering: The average starting salary
for someone with a Bachelor's Degree is almost $50,000. Many engineers
start at a company and stay there for their whole careers, moving up the
technical or corporate ladder. A broad range of places hire Mechanical
Engineers – from toy, automotive, aerospace and bio-medical manufacturers
to the federal government. For example, the C.I.A. has recently been
recruiting Mechanical Engineers to help design their spy gadgets.
The Career Doctor
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