Computer Science Or Aerospace Engineering – It’s a Tough Choice

When asked about the most useful major, it is easy to think in generic terms of wealth and fortune. If so, a major in the computer sciences would prove lucrative. With a median salary of $80,000 and a 38% expected job growth within the next eight years, professions requiring a degree in the computer sciences are in demand. Indeed, even my six months interning for Boeing supported the numbers: those with an extensive knowledge of computers were exalted as gods. In the mere half year, I witnessed two engineers promoted up the ranks- coincidentally, both were computer science graduates.However, the term “useful” is not a neat package that can be simply handed everyone. Rather, it can only be defined personally, aligned to each individual’s needs and dreams. Useful could mean one’s contributions to society, personal gain, or satisfaction from a job well done. Useful could mean job security, wealth, or utilitarian value. But above all else, a useful major is a major someone cares enough about to be productive. It is a major committed to and sacrificed for; it is a field of interest that captivates and motivates one to do more, go the extra mile, stay extra hours to finish any remaining problems. The major taken should correlate with personal interests so that the boundless enthusiasm expressed for study will translate into productivity in a future career. Everyone has their own niche, their own major, their own curiosity for a certain subject. Knowing this, I personally find an aerospace engineering major to be of utmost utility for my own future plans.Since childhood, I have been infected with the “plane bug”: whenever the sound of engines screams across the blue ceiling, whenever the product of man’s ingenuity conquers the chains of gravity, I am compelled to stare skyward. My interests have led me to pursue an understanding of the dynamics of flight. But aerospace engineering is not the Holy Grail for everyone as it is for me. Most people don’t spend hours constructing wooden models of their own airplane designs, drawing vector and differential equation fields, or staring into the night sky for hours, waiting for the rumble and blinking lights overhead. Most people don’t take multi-variable calculus, research at UC Riverside and UCLA, or intern for Boeing. Most people don’t dream of the innovation that can be derived from aerospace engineering or the world-wide effects of such technological advancements.Everyone is different. Though they may not have my passion for flight, they are just as excited by their own dreams and aspirations. There is not one most useful major, no matter what the numbers or trends say. We each can make our own numbers, our own worth with our desire to make a mark in our respective fields: passion for the work is the catalyst; useful productivity and utility is the result. There is no one major for all of us, but each of us has his or her major.