Excellent question. It is obvious that electrical and electronic engineers are a university major.
If done right, we all have passed through Kirchhoff. A little magnets here, some switched-mode power supply, some university-level calculus… This discipline is the bread and water.
But let us have a quick look in the biggest professional/academic society of Electrical & electronic engineers, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE or I-triple E) , and what kind of stuff do they publish on:
A quick scan of the page will reveal keywords like antenna, computing, consumer electronics and electromagnetic compatibility.
A well-trained EE monkey can make a contribution to almost any problem. This sounds like a promising career opportunity. It’s important to be prepared for the long-term. No matter how difficult it is for some, there will be some assurance in the future in terms of job satisfaction and quality of life.
I am an engineer who plays with physics. Some of my former university friends and acquaintances have gone on to become:
- In Formula 1: glorified car mechanic
- Factory managers
- Wind energy planners
- National strategic dispatchers
- field (power grid) engineers
- consumer electronics designers
- Small business owners
- I went on to study finance and banking. Now, I am a trade broker
- microchip designers
- Specialist in Scientific X-ray
- Working on a PhD in mathematics to predict market crashes
- laser technician
- Physiotherapy consultant
- Consultant for developing world charity technology
- Web admin
- Natural language and AI researcher
- 4G network engineers
- naval electromechanic
- Chief engineer naval
- Tenure-track professor (semiconductor/device engineer).
- Process engineer at a food “assembly line” factory
- cryogenics engineer
- Expert in toxic gas alarm system
- Oil platform comms engineers
- Retrained as a chemical engineer and now works in big pharma.
- Crystal grower (hard to find a better job title).
You can have a blue collar or a white collar. Some of the most outstanding electrical engineers have made a difference in the world and even become astronauts.