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Electrical Engineering - choosing a focus

  1. Dec 14, 2006 #1
    I am a junior in electrical engineering, and I'm at the point where I need to start choosing my technical electives (my focus courses). I took my first Electrodynamics course this semester. I friggen' loved the material. I thought it was VERY interesting although quite hard. I'm thinking about choosing this as my focus, and am curious to know what type of jobs would be applicable in this field. What type of job market would there be? I would like to know how these answers if I do grad school and if I don't do grad school.
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  3. Dec 14, 2006 #2
    Electrodynamics is a fundation in many domains such as astronomy,plasma,radio engineering.If you want to a find job in market,optic and mobile phone may suit.But the special relativity in the back of the book may lost it usage.
    I love it too,but when you study further ,you will find it really need much more maths you cann't afford.So I advise you to insure your mathematical ability at first.
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  4. Dec 14, 2006 #3
    Mostly military in the US.
  5. Dec 15, 2006 #4
    My dad chose RF engineering, and as of now, he tells me it's a really saturated job market that's decreasing in size every day.
  6. Dec 15, 2006 #5
    Any thoughts on signal processing?
  7. Dec 15, 2006 #6
    Signal processing is a pretty awesome field that can be applied to almost anything. Taking a few DSP courses would be very beneficial for any EE.
  8. Dec 15, 2006 #7


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    Signal processing is probably the most widely applicable sort of electrical engineering. Everything requires signal processing. I personally am an IC designer (in the signal processing group, no less) at a major semiconductor manufacturer. I'm happy as a clam.

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  9. Dec 15, 2006 #8
    I want to be happy as a clam ;)

    Well I'll have my first signal processing class next semester. Hopefully I'll enjoy it. I have a great professor for the course, so that is good... although I hear the book is utter rubbish.
  10. Dec 15, 2006 #9
    Im an ME, and I want to do Aerospace Signals, it's great stuff.

    Signals will make you master Matlab, Math, and Physics all at the same time. It's very cross-disciplined, which is why it's so damn attractive to me.
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  11. Dec 15, 2006 #10
    Signal Processing is also heavily military in the US. There is some in commercial such as cell phones and some in image processing, but the bulk of the jobs are military. It is fun though....
  12. Dec 15, 2006 #11
    Don't double post.
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    I don't agree at all.

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  14. Dec 16, 2006 #13
    Not really, man. Every EE company needs signal processing guys. Every company. It's just so versatile.
  15. Dec 17, 2006 #14
    Qualcomm. Trimble. Creative. I would not be surprised if such companies hired twice as many signal processing people as the defense industry.
  16. Jan 11, 2007 #15
    in my university we study 3 years as electrical engineers then we specifc for 2 years in communication or power ... i will choose communication and i wanna study signal processing in michigan university this year if hopefully i will go to usa ... so can anyone tell me from where i begin to make a good base for the major i want .... i have a bad guidance in my university ....
  17. Jan 11, 2007 #16
    Magnetic Field Shaping, definitely.
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