Job Security And Salary For Electrical Engineering
Q: I'm an electrical engineering student at a tier 1, private university. My gpa, however, is a 2.8. I took too much difficult electives. Furthermore, I have not engaged in any student activities, nor did I participate in an engineering internship. I do poorly in group projects, as I do not talk much to people and have very little or no friends. Shortly, I will be graduating, and I am concerned about my future prospects. My worries come mainly from the shortcomings that I explained above, along with the fact that the current economy is receding. Also, there is really no one to care for me, so I need to ensure myself a safe, decent-paying job. In terms of getting my first engineering job, what should I expect? What does the future hold for my hopes of job security and good salary? Also, what would my employers be having a person like me doing? Would electrical engineering be something that I'll be clinging onto until I reach retirement age? Would I be eligible for retirement benefits and savings? I understand that no one knows the answers to my questions, but I would appreciate some rough opinions and feedback from those knowledgable about the EE profession.
A: -companies like IBM and GE look for high gradepoint to fill their desk jobs. AKA pencil pushers. many other companies also need engineers for things other than R&D. I went into a manufacturing environment, project engineering. They didn't want a high GPA bookworm. IMHO, it was great experience. I even got dirty from time to time. salary was a little below average, so was the cost of living. I've changed jobs since then, now GPA does mean a thing. -You will find that engineering is generally necessary for any economic recovery: the design and manufacture of a product must preceed any sales. Therefore, engineers are usually in good demand, and the demand continues during the "down times" because new products are required, limited only by available funding. When credit is available (like now), many engineering firms actually staff up. The industry-wide problem is that engineers are usually reluctant to demand their own worth. Company officials seem to value the sales guys above their engineers, and compensate accordingly.
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