When people think of software engineers, Google and Microsoft often come to mind. What are different industries, or less obvious career paths, that people may choose?
There is likely a need for software engineers in most every industry. I've written software for a distribution company, and I currently work for Dell. You don't have to stick to the IT industry to work in IT or development. The degree itself can also open more doors than just software development roles. There are many positions you'd qualify for with any IT or business related B.S. degree - so you're not as pigeon-holed as you might think.