I am currently pre-engineering in the U.S. and should begin a specialization soon. I am leaning heavily toward EE, but have some trepidation after looking at various employment aspects of EEs after graduation. Looking at statistics like the OLS OOH and second-hand reports, it looks like EE is in decline or stagnating. To make matters a bit worse, I am geographically tied down due to family, although we have some big names here in Oregon like HP and Intel, the BPA, and the PNNL (ok, that's Richland, WA). Has anyone been experiencing trouble starting a career or continuing with their current one? What are the opportunities like for an EE in the U.S.? I know a MEng or MS is a good idea, but is a BSEE sufficient anymore? What are some of the most employable specialties of EE? Maybe something like signals in the medical field? Getting employment stats from local uni's is a bit difficult, so any opinions are helpful. And while I think EE is damn interesting, I'm sure there are other fields of eng that could be intellectually stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. I simply do not want to put my family through 2-3 more years of education only to find slim pickings at the end of the tunnel.