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(Message started by: dovn on Jan 30th, 2007, 10:52pm)

Title: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by dovn on Jan 30th, 2007, 10:52pm
Hi Everybody,

I have a BS in EE and CS and a MS in EE.  I have worked in the semiconductor industry for 7years mostly doing work in RF, analog and mixed-signal circuit development.  I have been tinkering with the idea of law school for a long time and I am finally taking the plunge this fall.  It makes me excited to see the demand for EEs right now but I am curious if anyone has any guess on when this demand might subside.  Is demand tapering off at all?  Is demand suppose to go to zero in exactly three years?  Is it strong and stable?  Is it growing and going to continue to grow for the foreseeable future?

Anyone's and everyone's opinions are welcome and appreciated.


Title: Re: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by want2bepatat on Feb 1st, 2007, 5:17am
I'm sort of in your shoes as well except that I am still debating on whether to take the plunge or not. If you don't mind me asking, are you continuing to work as a EE and doing the law degree part time (which in my opinion is going to be really difficult) or are you doing your degree full time?

And my opinion is that even though you don't see as many jobs on the job websites, the demand will increase since tech is experiencing an upsurge and companies would look to protect their patents. I guess the only question though is whether its actually worth it!

Title: Re: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by Isaac on Feb 1st, 2007, 5:59am
Lots of people who went to law school in the late 90s when EE and CS were really hot found a decidely cooler job market at the point of graduation.  

Title: Re: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by want2bepatat on Feb 1st, 2007, 7:06am
The only reason IP law demand would decrease is if the patent preparation work was outsourced. Some tech research has already been moved offshore and i'm thinking that its entirely possible that law firms in India or elsewhere can prepare patent applications. Litigation and prosecution is a different story though and some attorneys would be needed in the US for that.

Is the above scenario even possible?

Title: Re: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by dovn on Feb 1st, 2007, 9:03am
Hi Issac,

Was the market decidedly cooler because of the dotcom bust?  I was looking for a plain old EE  job back then and had a hard time finding those as well.  So I can understand if attorneys with EE and/or CS experience weren't in the biggest demand as well.

Hi want2bepatat,

I am not sure which websites you are looking at, but for me, job searches on this board, other jobs sites and specific firm sites all reveal many many opening for people with specifically EE backgrounds and to a lesser extent CS background.

If you are looking to law school simply to avoid the outsource trend then you probably shouldn't go.  There are a ton of EE jobs out there that will never be outsourced.   If you just want to draft and prosecute patents then I would suggest just becoming a patent agent.  The advice that I have received from other is not to go to law school unless you are deep down interested in the law and sure you want to be a lawyer.  Not sure if you want to be a lawyer?....go talk to a couple of IP/patent attorneys.  I also learned a lot while studying for the patent bar and really enjoyed it all.

Title: Re: Any end in sight for EE demand?
Post by want2bepatat on Feb 1st, 2007, 9:50am
Hi dovn,
thanks for your reply.

law is just one of the career paths I am thinking about. EE is ok in the sense I do realize that there will be plenty of jobs that will never be outsourced. Also I will definitely not go through 3 years of law school plus study for the uspto exam and patent just to avoid getting outsourced. There are easier paths. Law is of interest to me. My former roommate is a patent attorney and his advice was the same as yours ie do not do it unless there's a desire to practice law. For me just being an Engineer is not satisfying. I either want to get into management by doign an MBA or get a law degree which in many ways is a versatile degree. I plan on taking the LSAT this summer and am thinking of getting into law school next fall. Good luck to you!

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