Has anyone here majored in chemical process engineering?
I'm in a useless major right now, and I want to switch to a major that has better job prospects. I've taken some science courses, so I can go into 2nd year chemical engineering. I've done calculus 1, 2, some physics, and first year chemistry. I've also taken organic chemistry for science majors. I did well in the calculus courses, but not as well in the others (but still far from poor, and better than a lot of others). I'm considering engineering because I enjoyed calculus classes, and physics (except for the few tricky problems, but they were never on any exam). In particular, I enjoyed fluid dynamics.
How hard are subsequent chemical engineering courses? Are they a lot tougher, or better?
And also, what are the job prospects like? Where I live in Canada, there are many unemployed engineers, and the ones I know who have been working for many years are still making about $65,000/year.
However, in the USA, I heard that engineers are well paid and that engineering is considered more prestigious. Whats the starting salary for chemical process engineers in the USA? I heard its about $65,000, but how fast does the pay go up? How much does a senior engineer work (who supervises, consults, etc)? Is the career progression good? I hope to go to business school after working as an engineer, but is it only worth it if I go to a top US MBA school like Stanford, Duke, UCLA, etc?
I hope to live in the USA in the future, and work as an engineer in Houston or Dallas for a multinational oil and gas company. I would like to eventually work in the management area of these organizations. Is it competitive to get a position at those companies?