Simple career questions

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Yuseph

Joined Jun 8, 2020
45
Yo guys wussup,

What do you guys do for a living ? and how much do you earn per month ? Are you ok with only practising pure electronics or is it just an intermediate step to escalate to AI robots ? Also id like to know your math level, like is it more high school or undergraduate or postgraduate ? Thanks guys
 

OBW0549

Joined Mar 2, 2015
3,551
What do you guys do for a living ?
I'm a retired EE, so currently not working except as occasionally needed by my former employer (a small, privately-owned engineering firm doing mainly government contract work for the National Nuclear Security Administration).

and how much do you earn per month ?
That's personal information, and very private. I doubt you'll find very many people here who will be willing to reveal that.

Are you ok with only practising pure electronics or is it just an intermediate step to escalate to AI robots ?
AI robots have absolutely no applicability to my work, nor do they hold any interest for me personally whatsoever.

As an EE I've been what would be called a "generalist" having done analog design, digital design, a few IC designs (analog and digital), and some software (VBWin for PCs and PIC assembly language in small embedded systems). Most of my work has been in the general field of sensors, instrumentation and measurement, both for industrial controls and for national defense. I've never done consumer mass-market product design nor have I ever worked with RF or with high-power electronics (> 100W).

Also id like to know your math level, like is it more high school or undergraduate or postgraduate ?
Undergraduate (calculus, statistics, differential equations, etc.).
 

dl324

Joined Mar 30, 2015
11,530
What do you guys do for a living ?
An inattentive 20 year old female driver decided that I should retire early. My last job was as a Senior Staff Design Engineer (PhD and 10+ years experience, or equivalent).
Are you ok with only practising pure electronics or is it just an intermediate step to escalate to AI robots ?
I don't think there's any such thing as "pure electronics". I'm an EE by training, but spent most of my career doing software. I have no interest in robotics and only a little in AI.
Also id like to know your math level, like is it more high school or undergraduate or postgraduate ?
Calculus, differential equations. Most benefit comes from being good at algebra.

EDIT: corrected grammatical error.
 
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Papabravo

Joined Feb 24, 2006
14,412
I'm retired, but I spent 50 years in industry (1964 to 2014).
Over that period of time my income was in a 20 dB range from highest to lowest.
I would not say that I had a great time doing what I did while I was working. It was OK, but I sure wish I had retired sooner.
I've forgotten more mathematics than most people have an opportunity to learn.
I dabble in financial derivative securities now.
 

KeithWalker

Joined Jul 10, 2017
1,222
I started out in electronic instrumentation. I became a measurement specialist and technical consultant, designing , assembling, programming and commissioning automatic test systems for manufacturing customers. That included test systems for everything including paper pulp, advanced electronic devices and even nuclear fuel rods.
I recommend that you don't become too specialized. I my time I have seen many specialists become obsolete as technology evolved. Be prepared to keep up with the latest advances technical fundamentals. To be successful, you need to learn something new every day for the rest of your career. You don't need to remember all the details. You just need to remember where the information is and how to apply it.
In my job I used all the higher mathematics that I had learned in grade school and university with the exception of hyperbolic functions. The math for that was replaced by computer curve fitting software.
I enjoyed working in electronics from my teens onward. Because of that, I was very successful. I have been retired now for seventeen years but still enjoy playing with electronics.
Good luck,
Keith
 
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scorbin1

Joined Dec 24, 2019
37
I'm an EE/IT Admin working for a tier 1/tier 2 automotive manufacturer. AAS with an emphasis on Electronic Control Systems and Industrial Control. About 10 years on the job training and spent a large part of my childhood scavenging, building, and playing with electronics. Officially, I am at a college algebra level, but self taught in many more advanced maths. Intention was to get into electronics design, but never made it there. I enjoy what I am doing, especially since IIOT is on the rise and I get to play IT and EE. Apparantly that's an odd coupling of duties from what I hear, but I love having control over my project from beginning to end. I design build and maintain robotic work cells. I wont disclose exact pay but suffice to say it is below the average starting pay for either of the two positions I occupy, but I don't do too bad. If I had further schooling I would have a lot more negotiating power and might had a lot more pay right now.
 

bogosort

Joined Sep 24, 2011
491
What do you guys do for a living ? and how much do you earn per month ? Are you ok with only practising pure electronics or is it just an intermediate step to escalate to AI robots ? Also id like to know your math level, like is it more high school or undergraduate or postgraduate ? Thanks guys
I'm a systems engineer and software developer for a large engineering firm. My salary is $100k per year (U.S.) plus a decent benefits package. I'm interested in the theory of AI, and certain practical applications, but have no interest in robotics. I'd describe my math level as comparable to someone who graduated with a bachelor's in mathematics.
 

bogosort

Joined Sep 24, 2011
491
That's personal information, and very private. I doubt you'll find very many people here who will be willing to reveal that.
I wish more tech types disagreed with you. Hiding salary information benefits the employer, not the employees. As a group, tech types are notoriously bad at salary negotiations; more information and transparency would benefit all of us.
 
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