Re: Civil Engineer trying to break into Patent Law
« Reply #1 on: Dec 28th, 2006, 3:59pm »
I have been an electrical engineer with a PE for over 30 years, and about 6 years ago I became a patent agent. Patent work is fine; however, I’m glad I discovered patent work late in my career. Otherwise, I would have missed out on doing some really neat stuff. The idea of spending a whole career writing and prosecuting patents is not why I decided to become an engineer. Currently, I have a job where I morph between engineer and patent agent. Working only in the patent domain, for me, is not much fun. I guess I like working directly with others too much to be a full time patent practitioner. Patent work is lonely.
My recommendation is to stay in engineering. Particularly, a civil engineering degree is a hot ticket now days. The classified ads are loaded with civil engineering jobs (many jobs substantially more than $100K) here in Phoenix. Plus, if you can land a job with a City you’ll have a great pension when you retire.
I hope this helps!