There have been several posts on EB about how recruiting students into STEM is just a Ponzi scheme. However, I finally came upon an article that provided a potential outlet for all those engineers who can’t find a job in engineering.
Management! (I can see you hooting and hollering already.)
According to research conducted by Identified and Harvard Business School, engineers and other STEM-type people are quickly taking up many of the top spots in most businesses. Specifically, Identified found that nearly 3/4 of CEOs in all industries have advanced engineering degrees. The Harvard Business School study determined that part of the reason that engineers are often at the higher levels of companies is that those companies are seeking people with more specializations.
I can see a couple down sides to this: most engineers I know aren’t necessarily interested in getting an advanced degree, nor are they interested in management. On the up side, engineers will often have a better understanding of the constraints under which most companies operate as well as a clear picture of how their product is developed. I would assume that this would provide a lot of helpful insight that a business major simply wouldn’t have.
Would you want to become a manager? Do you think this is a good trend?