They seem to be the least stuck up bunch from business people, lawyers and science students.
And ironically they have the hardest undergrad.
I don't get it. Maybe it's because their schools don't spend millions in shameless marketing gimmicks so they don't really ever have a reason other than pure hard work to have an elevated opinion of themselves.
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Most engineers love what they do. They do it because they like it, not because of prestige. It's society that elevates doctors and lawyers, and places them on a pedestal. Society also elevates business types, although maybe indirectly. They elevate money, which in turn elevates people who are close to money.
Engineers also tend to be very practical. They have to be. In engineering reality has a tendency to slap you in the face. Marketing types can be overly optimistic to a fault. But engineers can't get by with that. When they flip the power on, either it works, or it goes up in smoke. If the bridge falls, marketing can spin it like it was supposed do that, then call it a "feature". Engineering knows better. They are grounded in reality by necessity.
I've only met one engineer who had a big ego. He also got fired because of it. How are you supposed to brag when everything you do is confidential? Very likely engineers are not even allowed to talk about what they're doing. The engineering department could very well be behind locked doors, and even other company employees are not allowed in without a reason. That guy got fired for bragging. What should have remained in engineering didn't remain in engineering.2
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I mean... there are so many different kinds of engineers tho XD
I have three brothers who are either active military or honorable discharge, so, when I hear the word "engineer", I think of hard-drinking, fast-living, hard-charging Army Corps of Engineers guys blowing up bridges, locks, and dams.
I mean, THEN I think of software engineers, and industrial engineers, and all the other kinds of engineers.
In any case...
Engineers primarily work with THINGS, and not with PEOPLE.
Really... it's that simple.
That's the main source of the humility.
When you work with PEOPLE, carrying yrself with swagger and pomposity and attitude can actually affect people's opinion of you (usually for the better -- especially if you are male, ugh).
THINGS, on the other hand, do not give shit #1 about that stuff. If you are a civil engineer, you can give that seismic retrofit as much attitude and resting-bitch-face as you want, and it'll just sit there and stare back at you. (:
So, basically, that kind of "attitude" doesn't really serve any useful purpose for engineers while they're working with THINGS... so they don't cultivate it.
The engineers who DO work primarily with people are just as likely to have an attitude/hubris problem as any other highly esteemed professional. No more no less.0