Given the list below, the simple answer is - not enough data. Maybe the MS
was an ironworker for five years (don't laugh - I can cite an example!).
Maybe the Ph.D. will work for a BS salary and doesn't need glamour work (OK
- I can't cite an example for this one). Maybe the BS will quit next week
so he or she can go back to school (happens all the time).
I work for a company that only hires MS 's for structural work, mostly in
the bridge field. We have done it this way for years and it seems to work.
I would never make the claim that an MS graduate is always going to be a
better engineer than a BS grad (many a BS grad has taught me something I
should have learned in school). However, it does allow a person to mature a
little longer and it shows a little more commitment to structural
engineering as a career. Not to say BS 's are not mature or committed, of
course. I believe the MS is just one of the many, many things that go into
the complicated decision of who you allow into your organization.
From: Jake Watson [mailto:jwatson(--nospam--at)inconnect.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 20, 2000 5:48 AM
Subject: Re: Recommended Reading, Part 2 of 2
I have posed this question to a number of people in the past, and I
always get different answers. Lets say you are hiring an engineer and
you have three candidates:
1. B.S. Degree with 4 years office experience and a P.E., maybe an S.E.
2. M.S. Degree with 2 years office experience, maybe an P.E.
3. Ph.D. No office experience
Which one do you hire? - I would put salaries on them if I thought I
would be even close, but I have no idea about CA salaries.
Jake Watson, E.I.T.
Salt Lake City, UT