Pay and job security has not been the greatest for some in the EE field.

While the global chip shortage shows some signs of subsiding, semiconductor companies are facing another area where demand outpaces supply: microelectronics engineers.…

This is compounded by the issue that software jobs have a reputation for paying more than hardware jobs out of college, as the VLSI Symposium panel pointed out.

If hardware jobs can’t pay more, it means the industry needs to find other ways to make the industry more appealing, the panel said.

Source: America’s chip land has another potential shortage: Electronics engineers

I wish I had done a BSEE degree instead of a BSCS degree.

I worked with many BSEE grads who did the same work as I did, but they had a better background in electronics. I was not entirely electronics naive, partly from electronics hobbies but also I did take a year’s worth of digital electronics course as part of my degree.  EE is a tough subject to study on your own due to the need for costly gear like scopes, logic and spectrum analyzers, and that some common software tools are expensive – priced for corporate, not personal use, unless enrolled in an EE program.