In the United States, electrical engineering is often seen as an undergraduate or graduate field.
But it has become an increasingly popular profession for senior engineers in many other countries.
According to the American Association of University Professors, about 1.7 million students in engineering and computer science graduated from colleges and universities in the United State in 2014.
The number of students with bachelor’s degrees in electrical engineering and other related disciplines jumped by 25% in that time, according to the Association of American Universities.
It is also becoming more common for engineers to go on to earn master’s degrees, and graduate degrees in those disciplines have also grown by almost a third in the past decade.
However, the U.S. government does not require colleges and schools to teach electrical engineering or related subjects.
“This lack of awareness among the general public is really alarming,” says Michael A. Loughran, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and a founding director of the Center for Engineering Education and Training at UC Berkeley.
“It’s a real problem, because it doesn’t help us in the real world.”
Loughron and his team at UC Berkley created a survey to see how the general American public views the profession.
They interviewed 1,500 people from around the country and then used machine learning to automatically match them with people who have electrical engineering degrees.
The survey also asked people about their experience working with their coworkers, such as their own training and experience.
The results revealed that people who had a high school education were more likely to be willing to work on things like computers and computers systems than those who had not.
The study also found that engineers were more than twice as likely as other workers to be happy with their work and have positive attitudes toward their profession.
“These data are really interesting,” says Loughnan, who has been working with his colleagues to develop a better understanding of people’s attitudes towards their profession and to develop ways to encourage and support students in this area.
“Our ultimate goal is to create a space for all engineering students to work in the field, because there’s a lack of opportunity in this field.”
Lighran and his colleagues have been working on their survey and plan to publish their findings in a forthcoming issue of the American Economic Review.
They plan to conduct more research on the attitudes of engineers, including the way in which people react to their profession, and whether there are particular characteristics of engineers that are associated with higher levels of satisfaction.
“We really want to know what the answer is,” Lighan says.