It doesn't matter. You'll also develop the best set of razor-sharp problem-solving skills possible due to this immersion. This might be due to people retiring ( my employer is getting ready for a decent generational turnover). Take courses from both disciplines and just see which one you like more. I did that for 3 years and bailed. If you want to program apps, take computer science or even trade school programming courses. At my school it was very easy to pick up a CS minor as an ECE and it only took a couple of extra classes to be a double major. Then, find out how you can contribute to robotics with that field. Get an industrial automation/robotics degree. Perhaps some will shower less than others in your classes. You don't have to turn in your social side if you become an engineer. If you are interested in mechanical design, you wont have to deal with much coding. You will, I repeat, will work much harder than your non engineering peers for lower grades. Note: engineers work on big projects. You can still major in EE and do this. Most of them have been Robotics/Automation related. r/engineering is a forum for engineering professionals to share information, knowledge, experience related to the principles & practices of the numerous engineering disciplines. Those jobs are consistently in high demand, and aren't disappearing for a long time. :). Then I got into power. I majored in Computer Engineering. Also I have a 99% chance of getting a job with civil engineering right out of school, because of some engineers I know. If you are thinking about majoring in it, I'd say, follow your passion as there is nothing about the degree itself that closes the doors you allude to, and the journey to get it is an extremely rewarding experience. Automation really is the present and future, and being able to program a PLC or HMI is going to be very very marketable for a very long time. At the vast majority of universities, the two are nearly indistinguishable for the first two years. For example I have a degree in electrical engineering from my universities electrical and computer engineering department but I certainly don't work in the power industry. I think the best thing to do is talk to the academic advisors in the engineering college. Also, what kind of skills does it take for roles like Product management? The procurement managers, after the EEs give recommendations. Where? You can still major in EE and do this. I've been tinkering since I was 15. I'll start learning again from today. And to an extent, go with what you're good at. It all depends where I get admitted. Once you're there, if you feel like one or the other has more classes that interest you, switch majors if necessary. Based on my experience graduating as an EE in the past decade, I think that as long as you're an attractive candidate you won't have a problem finding a job, despite the projected flat growth rate. Only a few colleges offer them. Secondly, the degree is tough. I'm confused whether I should put in Electrical Engineering or Electronics engineering as my major of choice. Strangeness and social graces are up to you. Employers don't even know what it is- they go "Oh, computer science? There are a ton of jobs in microelectronics and signal processing which are both heavily EE. Also, my degree was cheap and got me a great job. Ask him what class you have to take and what activity you have to involved to advance your knowledge in robotics. Best way to get into that field is find a professor who in charge of any robotics club. Robotics is extremely interdisciplinary so there isn't a best option. Please be honest, is this degree even needed anymore? We're looking for an engineer. "I enjoyed my electrical engineering coursework." That depends - do you like being in an in-demand field with excellent job prospects ? If you are in the US most universities don't distinguish between the two as far as major you choose, especially in the west. I find both occupations interesting ,but am afraid if I choose electrical I will be ass out of luck years down the rode when looking for jobs. First of all, getting a degree in EE doesn't preclude you from doing software engineering at all. Yes. I don't completely despise coding, I just don't want to solely focus on it for the next four years of my life. There is no electronics/robotics without coding as far project as developments in the field is concerned. It certainly doesn't matter now, but it probably won't ever matter. There's plenty of coding in EE and most other engineering disciplines. I would advise staying open-minded for the first year or two. Talk to your instructors and get their opinions. Sorry we need someone with USB 3.0 experience. I'd say 'technical engineers' in general are way more prone to play musical instruments, work out, play video games, etc., than the average person. If you aim to be self-employed you don't even need that if you are self-disciplined enough to learn on your own. I've been tinkering since I was 15. You can be an automation specialist with either. Take some classes and find out what you like/what you're good at. Computer Engineering.". Oh you set up motor control relays and VFDs in the power industry? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. There will always be cool, enthusiastic people around you if you look for them. So Computer Science is not an option. See if anywhere near you has a mechatronics course we have plenty over here in new Zealand. I just finished high school. Especially if you take a couple classes in computer science, which is what I did (double majored in that and computer engineering). I started in ASICFPGA development. It's been so frustrating. well, keep in mind that coding is not necessarily the same as CS. Controls and inputs are probably more along the lines of electrical while function is probably more towards mechanical. Note: engineers work on big projects. FWIW I'm an average to slightly above average student and I just landed an analog IC job making 90+k out of school. The reason I didn't like it is mostly because I didn't put much effort into learning. Isaac Newton. Once you've graduated, either will have the underpinnings you need to learn on the job. If your institute has a significant differentiation, you'll discover what it is, and whether it affects what you want to do as you go. Is that right? As /u/liquor_for_breakfast said, if you're a decent engineer you will be able to land a good job even outside the field. I think you hit the nail on the head with the timing part. Any kind of system, be it aircraft display application (what I'm working on), information system, phone communications system, refrigeration system.. (oh and those big Silicon Valley tech companies), these are the things that require engineers, electrical and software. I got a Computer Engineering degree. (1.) My impression so far has been that electrical engineers are taught to work on applications that use relatively larger amounts of power - Household AC supply, Motors, appliances, etc. As one user has said, it depends what you want to do, but you can work on robotics in many different ways. Since everything is apps and stuff, it appears that software engineering is much more in demand. If you do half decent in any engineering discipline you can get a good job, but the better you do the less willing you have to be to relocate. I've been doing that for 3 years. SV, where 1BR apartments are $3k/month? They should be able to give you some insight on what the best choice is at your particular school. Don't forget Control Systems... OP would certainly need to understand the math if they want to do advanced interactions, learning, etc. Hello everyone I'm a second year student currently focusing on majoring in electrical engineering. The reason I'm questioning my decision about electrical is ,because I read on bls (bureau of labor statistics) they projected growth rate for electrical engineers over the next 10 years is 0% and civil is 8%. I honestly have no clue about what to choose or why to choose. As long as there are things to run "apps and stuff", EEs will be in demand. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, A place for discussing and learning about Robotics, Press J to jump to the feed. But there'll be robotics jobs for both. I'm not entirely sure what your electronics program entails, so I can't say for sure. OP, in don't think anyone here has mentioned it yet but the difference, if there is one is based on the country you are in. All of the EE's I know are doing very well. Press J to jump to the feed. Focus for electricals is generally in communications, power, or electronics. It differs from school to school though. You'll be slaving away on projects a lot of the time.