You wanted to know how to get a job as a consultant at an engineering firm. Since you asked that in response to my comment, I'm assuming that you mean as a statistical consultant:new2bogle wrote:I apologize about the length of this post, but I wanted to reply to people's comments.gouldmn wrote:-- working as an actuary in the insurance industry
-- research in the pharmaceutical industry
-- Wall St. hires lots of statisticians
-- working for major corporations consulting to engineers--both manufacturing and R&D
-- various govt. agencies ranging from Bureau of the Census to DoD
-- teaching at a community college
In my case I was recruited right out of grad school to work at a major oil company as a consultant to chemical engineers. With my background in chem. e, it was a perfect fit. I had virtually no competition for the job, and they were thrilled to find me.
Many large companies have teams of statisticians who effectively function as independent consultants. Since my company had operations all over the world, I had the chance to work on a variety of projects, and I was never bored.
If you go back to school, your professors should have lots of contacts. Another option (in my field, at least) is to use a head hunter. I have also gotten jobs that way.