To date, we’ve asked 133 current and past electrical engineering students about their happiness with their degree. Turns out, they rate it average.

Of the many factors that go into choosing a major, degree satisfaction is an important one.

To help you reach the decision that is right for you, we asked students who have pursued a electrical engineering degree to respond to questions concerning five dimensions of the educational track they chose:

  • Course material: Were they interested in the material they learned?
  • Intellectual fulfillment: Did they find the coursework intellectually stimulating?
  • Job prospects: Did they leave the program with job opportunities?
  • Personality: Was the degree a good fit for their personality?
  • Overall fit: Were they happy with the program overall?

We examined their responses and combined the rankings to give us an average satisfaction score across all students. This doesn't necessarily reflect how satisfied you would be with a electrical engineering degree, but it’s a starting point to help you evaluate your options.

How satisfied are electrical engineering students compared to other degrees?

Overall, electrical engineering students rate their satisfaction with their degree a 3.0 out of 5. This is low compared to other degrees which average a rating of 3.28 across all degrees. For context, electrical engineering students rate their happiness similarly to students in Electrical Engineering and Related Studies, Advertising and Law.

Here are other degrees that have a similar satisfaction rating to electrical engineering

DegreeAvg Grad SalarySatisfaction
Elementary Education$41,169
Architecture$82,350
Law$62,343
Electrical Engineering and Related Studies$101,374
Electrical Engineering$102,346
Advertising$69,419
Nursing$64,508
Chemical Engineering$97,667
Nursing Science$66,533
Religious Studies$65,200

Let's break that down further.

Are electrical engineering students satisfied with what they’re learning?

We asked students about their satisfaction with their course material and overall intellectual fulfillment. Here’s what they said:

We asked graduates how interesting they found the course material to be. Their response was:
3.4 out of 5 stars
152 ratings
5 stars
18%
4 stars
39%
3 stars
17%
2 stars
15%
1 stars
11%
We asked graduates how intellectually fulfilling they found the degree. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
151 ratings
5 stars
34%
4 stars
25%
3 stars
18%
2 stars
13%
1 stars
9%

These ratings are meant to give you an indication about what other people enrolled in electrical engineering experienced. While their input is useful, keep in mind that different people have had vastly different experiences, all of which were impacted by their personal motivations, professors, and specific curriculum. Always keep your own goals at the center of your decision-making process when it comes to something as significant as your education.

Did electrical engineering graduates leave school with good job prospects?

Of course, working towards a degree is also about pursuing your desired career. Here’s what electrical engineering grads had to say about their job prospects:

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their job prospects. Their response was:
3.6 out of 5 stars
147 ratings
5 stars
32%
4 stars
24%
3 stars
20%
2 stars
16%
1 stars
7%

We can see there’s a cluster of positive responses, which might indicate a strong or growing job market.

Were electrical engineering students happy with their degree overall?

This rating takes into account all factors: how demanding the program is, whether graduates felt it was worthwhile, and how fulfilling they found their educational experience.

We asked graduates how satisfied they were with their degree as a whole. Their response was:
3.0 out of 5 stars
133 ratings
5 stars
17%
4 stars
23%
3 stars
20%
2 stars
18%
1 stars
22%

As you consider this information and input from others, remember above all that your choice should be based on your interests, goals, passions, and abilities. Consider the future and give yourself time. If you’re feeling unsure, click here to take our career assessment and see what path could be right for you.

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