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EET vs. EE

VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
edited August 2010 in Engineering Majors
I am planning on getting my bachelor's in electrical engineering technology (EET) from Old Dominion, but I am now unsure about two things:

First, does a degree from ODU carry enough clout to make 6 figures (inflation adjusted) around mid-career? I know the ranking methodologies are about as accurate as monkeys throwing darts at a chessboard, but it does raise the question. That said, I can always get a masters from somewhere more reputable.

Second, how is EET versus EE in terms of pay? If my understanding is correct, EET deals more in discrete i.e. off-the-shelf electronics.

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Replies to: EET vs. EE

  • PurdueEEPurdueEE Registered User Posts: 705 Member
    It's possible to go to any school and earn six figures after working for a while. It's also possible to go to any school and be stuck earning five figures. It's more about you and less where you go to school. If you are motivated, work hard, and know how to seize opportunities when they present themselves, you will do well regardless of where your degree came from.

    In general, you will make more money with EE than EET. However, once again, it's more about you and what you do in the working world. I know a few people with technology degrees from very average schools that are making well over six figures. But they are extremely hard working and moved up fast. There are many more EETs making a good amount less than EEs.
  • Homer28Homer28 . Posts: 610 Member
    If your that interested in making 6 figures, then do petro engineering. Petro leaves all other engineering majors in the dust for salaries.

    Most lucrative college majors - highest starting salaries - Jul. 24, 2009
  • FooMonChewFooMonChew Registered User Posts: 267 Junior Member
    Well I'm an EE with near 30 yrs experience (I hang around here at CC because my 3rd kid is about to enter senior year of HS).
    Anyway IMHO BSEET = technician, BSEE = engineer, big difference.IMO a BSEE is worth much more than BSEET.Try to go that route (BSEE) is you can.BSEE is considered more more math/ theoritical oriented vs BSEET which is debug/lab oriented.
  • VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
    According to the link Homer posted, there seems to be a $4K/year dearth. That said, I am planning on getting a masters either in EE, nuclear, or aerospace; would it still be a big thing at that point?
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,602 Senior Member
    Those figures (from a 2009 article) must clearly be averages -- from who knows where. My older s was offered jobs with oil companies at salaries that match the petroleum eng. rate, but he is a Mech E. He didnt want to work in that industry, so declined those offers. He chose prototype opportunities. His salary is not much different than the petrol. E reported, and definitely higher than the other engineering salaries listed in that article
  • VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
    What salary data would you advise in lieu? I don't want to bust my ass for nothing here...
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,602 Senior Member
    Do whatever review you wish. There is a ton of info out there on salary surveys. My point is, there are many more opportunities for a Mech E, bus some opportunities will pay less than the big corp salaries . Petroleum E is a limited area-- more likely to get jobs in the big companies with better pay scales. Money isnt everything-- quality of life is.
  • VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
    I am asking which salary survey i.e. salary data you would advise. I am trying to make plenty of money so I will not have to work into old age, and from the looks of things, EET may not pay as much as I thought.

    Additionally, I would like to comment upon the attitude of 'doing what one wishes'. College is an investment in tuition plus opportunity cost, and I am trying to maximise the return. Work is not fun, exciting, etc., that is why it is called 'work' instead of 'fun', 'excitement', or something else, so one may as well resign one's self to this fact.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,602 Senior Member
    You should choose which surveys you think are best for you. The data varies by location, experience, etc. My point is, you *should* bust your ass a bit on this, and learn what data to consider. You need to do your homework. I'll give you a starting point but you NEED to do more. Look at salary.com, payscale.com and glassdoor.com for starters. Keep in mind there are lots of ways to "make plenty of money", and many engineering salaries start high but plateau out. You should enjoy what you do, not just go for the possibility of a high starting payscale. That is very short-sighted.

    And hopefully your uncle will advise you not to go into law ;)
  • boneh3adboneh3ad Registered User Posts: 7,131 Senior Member
    It is a very bad idea to base your decisions based on money alone. That is a quick way into a job you hate. All the money can't make up for being an unhappy person.

    That said, the BLS OOH (Google it) is probably the most reliabl salary information but it is only national averages. It doesn't break it down into regional averages, which are more useful. $60k in Indianapolis goes farther than $80k in Los Angeles.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,602 Senior Member
    EXACTLY right, boneh3ad. And good point about the cost of living adjustments. There are several good calculators for that out there as well.
  • VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
    Jym, again, all I was doing was asking what data sources to consider; thanks for the leads.
  • jym626jym626 Registered User Posts: 52,602 Senior Member
    And what boneh3ad and I are saying is that there is more to consider than just salary reports. That would be short-sighted.
  • cosmicfishcosmicfish Registered User Posts: 4,229 Senior Member
    I've got to back up FooMonChew here - I was an electronic technician before I got my degree, I've been working in electronics off and on for 16 years now, and I've seen the same thing: EET is for technicians, EE is for engineers. While there is a certain amount of overlap, EET goes far more into troubleshooting and repair, EE goes far more into design and theory. There ARE some highly-paid technicians out there, but experience plays a very large factor in that. I am really not sure where the starting salaries for BSEET's are coming from - they seem really high, and I would not expect the majority of BSEET holders to make substantially more than that.

    If you are interested in grad school, I would avoid EET like the plaque - not only is it poor preparation in general (due to the minimal focus on theory), but there are few if any MSEET's available and many PhD/MS programs in EE categorically do not accept BSEET holders.
  • VanagandrVanagandr - Posts: 730 Member
    jym - if I am going to bust my ass for four years, I would rather go into an area whose average salary is about 83K instead of 54K (source - BLS).
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