Of the 10 largest companies in the world in 2022 (by market capitalization), 8 are entirely dependent on microelectronic technology for their core business. Of the thousand largest, none could operate as effectively without electronics and embedded systems, whether the computer networks they use to organize their operations or the control systems that keep their oil pipelines functioning safely.
A degree in electronics and embedded technology (or simply electronic engineering, which covers basically the same ground) therefore allows you to apply your skills in nearly any industry. You may choose to focus on telecommunications, wireless systems, computer hardware, medical technology, defense, or many other fields. In addition, many types of roles are available at all levels. You may specialize in things like:
- Helping design the integrated circuit chips that drive much of modern technology.
- Designing and programming custom embedded computer systems that run factory machinery, consumer products, vehicles, cameras, and many other devices.
- Integrating various components from different manufacturers into one complex system, like a CCTV network, telecommunications hub, or distributed factory control system.
Electronics engineers require a high degree of analytical skill, as understanding an existing system is often as important as devising a new one. A capacity for logical thinking, including some programming ability, is also essential to success.