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September 12, 2011 AT 12:00 am

E is for Engineer

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What People Don’t Get About My Job: From A(rmy Soldier) to Z(ookeeper) – Derek Thompson – Business – The Atlantic.

E is for Engineer

“I wish children could understand how much fun I have.”

I am an engineer. Most people are scientifically and mathematically illiterate. Consequently, most people cannot fathom how much pleasure and delight I derive from my work. Of course I am also lucky to have a great job with great coworkers. But the pleasure of analyzing, say, the overall efficiency of a combined heat and power facility is hard to describe.

Well, this is partially true. My wife actually gets irritated that I never mind going to work. She does not feel exactly the same about her job.

I also wish children could understand how much fun I have. Because we need more engineers in this country for sure if we hope to remain globally competitive.


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1 Comment

  1. Why is it that so very, very few of these people sound at all happy, satisfied, or even just OK with their jobs? The Engineer is just about the only one that is not only really happy about his job, he’s not snotty about it.

    Man, makes me feel really lucky to be an Engineer.

    *Brian

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