As a senior computer engineering major at The City College of New York, I'm faced with the question of whether graduate education is more, or less, important than a PE (professional engineer)--or are they equal? Most of my friends - and probably most undergrad engineering students - face this question.
I recently took the GRE. Out of all of my engineering friends, there are about five of us who actually plan on going to grad school. By contrast, nearly everyone in my graduating class plans on taking the FE and eventually the PE exams. Among us, each seems to have a different opinion on the importance of a graduate education vs a PE licence.
Some believe the PE is more important and guarantees a higher salary, while others believe that a graduate education and a PE licence is the way to go. None of my friends and classmates believe that a graduate education is more important than a PE license! Even talking to school professors didn't shed any light on the topic. This might also be because most have not worked in industry and those that have were also teaching and received their PhDs.
Another factor is money. Most do not have the privilege of simply just going to school. More than 50% of my class work and pay their own bills, so they feel if they are going to pay for something, they should pay for whatever will help their career prosper the most.
So, please help us out and answer the poll below! Feel free to leave any comments on the topic and give us your insight! Thanks!