Electrical Engineering

Current Science Dependence

Physics
Chemistry
Mathematics
Computer Science
Biology

Engineering Components

Power
Generation and Transfer
Transformation
Communication
Signal Generation Transmission
Signal Processing
Control
Computer
Devices
Operation

Likely Areas of Major Impact

Note the close interaction with Software Engineering and some aspects of Mechanical Engineering for many of these areas. I have rather arbitrarily separated them for the sake of this presentation.

Development

Positive Jobs Impact

Negative Jobs Impact

Increased computer processing

Manufacture of additional products.

Displacement of current low-skill manufacturing jobs in many fields.

Universal Wireless Connectivity

Higher-tech jobs in currently-remote areas.

Increased communication jobs.

Movement of jobs from current high-tech concentrations.

Probable lowering of average wage of high-tech employees as the the available pool increases.

Large shifts in Finance and Marketing areas as network commerce continues to increase.

Universal Individual and Object Secure Identification

Increased manufacturing of ID devices.

Large shifts in Finance and Marketing areas as network commerce continues to increase.

Robotics

Increased production in hostile environments.

Loss of more medium-skill, high-pay jobs involving danger or unpleasant conditions.

Increased Sensing and Processing:

Visual at multiple wavelengths
Sound
Biological properties

New manufacturing and control of improved devices.

Increased displacement of low-skill clerical and technician jobs.

Update 10/19/97