If you care to hear it from an old guy's perspective...I retired from a career in aerospace as an engineer. All in all, it was very interesting. I wouldn't say I had regretted it but I often wonder if I had the chance to do it all over again, would I have done it? The answer would be a tough one but I'd lean towards NO.
First, the study was relatively tough. This was many years ago but I can't imagine it'd change that much. A week into college final exams, 3/4 of the campus (those liberal arts majors
) would be out partying while we engineering students would still be burning the midnight oil studying for final exams that almost always were scheduled on the last day of the semester.
Secondly, there are not that many places you can work for as a newly graduated aerospace engineer. The pay is not bad but not that great (forget about that Porsche you always wanted while in college).
Third, the work is usually mind-numbing. You would get assigned to work on a very small area of design and bogged down with technical details. Many aerospace engineers I knew never quite know the airplanes they helped design besides a small, often insignificant area.
Fourth, aerospace companies face economic cycles every 5-10 years or so. Many are laid-off, rehired, then laid off again. Even for myself, who was lucky enough never to get laid off, the mental strain was tremendous and as a result, had put quite a damper on otherwise a fulfilling career. Not to mention that I had to change companies several times to keep ahead of the layoffs.
Fifth, engineers are not treated well at most companies. We were given a little desk in cramped areas, an old computer and mountains of work.
Obviously, there are always exception to the rule but I think the above applies to most engineers I know.