The Best Area To Specialize In Electrical Engineering
Q: I am an Electrical Engineering student ,and I would like some advice. What is the "best" area to specialize in? At my college, their are really four areas of electives I can take: 1. Communications 2. Digital 3. Power 4. Telecommunications Please help me choose what area to take. I am currently on a "full- ride" at my college ,and I have a limit (Approx. 140 credit hours) to how many classes that I can take.
A: When I was in college, only two EE options existed, power or electronics. The electronics option qualify you to work on the development of the really whiz-bang, new devices and products. If you're lucky in choosing an employer, you may be lucky and not get laid off every time the company looses a contract, but likely will. After you reach age 40, you'll likely have difficulty finding another job except by taking a significant pay decrease. The power option generally focuses on more mundane things like motors, generators, power distrubution systems, etc. Take this option and you'll likely end up with life-time job security working for a power utility or a major supplier to the power industry, plus one of the best pension/retirement packages available anywhere. I chose the electronics route, and I believe that I chose poorly. The bottom line is essentially this, had I chose power I could have always done electronics on the side while having a secure future. By contrast, I chose electronics and in electronics it's a 'dog eats dog' game, and electronics firms (unless you own one) display absolutely no sense of employee loyalty. This raises the question: "What is your bottom line goal in pursuing an education?