you need to be a student of futurist thinking and to keep your options broad. I was initilly chem grad (BS Ms) and , after getting the total shits of the entire field, I went into a different (but technically related) field that is fraught with more ups and downs than the S&P. I went into mining geology and have been able, by mrket and academic reserach , to have a very good living that affords me and my family with many opportunities.
I taught on a tenure track for a while until I took resources and started several companies related to mineral chemitry, exploration, and development, crystallography, mining engineering, structuarl geo, fossil fuel and so on. Ive found that an application of my tech field with an environmental concern has been a big plus ( I thank my chem Ms for the knowledge to employ several creative means of solution mining that were known in a lab but not in the field).
Ya gotta look 20 years down the road. Many of my geologist friends who were limited to reservoir development were sitting on their asses without jobs during the 80's and then came roaring back in the 90's and 00's. While they caught up and got ahead, several abandoned the field in disgust
Where is your interest fields tech going?
Ive seen computer "engineers" go from really hot prospects to market driven commodity status her everyone in the world is your competition.
Id suggest you look into chem engineering with a ptroleum and environmental focus. ALSO, really look into your "Terminus plan". (I had an advanced degree in chem, and then I chose to go to anelite U that offered a "MASTER OF APPLIED SCIENCE" (after I did the course requirement for a BS in geology.) The choice for me to take this on (rather than a strict PHd program was quite a good decision because an MAS is like an MFA in art, its THE terminal degree that allowed me to teach in the engineering or science schools ). Also, the all consuming reasearch of your PHD , actually sets you back several years as you live like a monk at a U ) . I thanked my luckies for not going in the PHd program because it would have defined me for several years and Id have been more at the mercy of presenting my diss to a review vborard who was selecting the teaching needs for that department. Instead, I was a ble to booger the requirements at the U I wound up t . I could hndle engineering ND science courses (Hell I even tught geometrics and surveying)
Since youre doing a dub major youve already got the drill down because your diss in an MAS progrm would be based upon APPLICATIONAL RESEARCH of your two crafts.
I was always employed and actually hired several of my colleagues who , while teaching, got the shits of the tenure track in a department environment (politics, faculty bullshit, "Teaching v Doing"). I hired em away from a U (one of em was an Ivy) And these had been my partners till I gave up ownership of my compny and only work for themas an adjunct now. Ive had the best of all the worlds acadeam and practice as a pro.
Of the two, I most preferred practice and problem solving. You will find that, like art, engineering is finding creative solutions to problems
Having several Patents doesnt hurt either