Engineers are sharp, really sharp, right?
Are they so sharp that they cut themselves?
Engineers have special skills and high IQs. Some of them make a lot of money consistently. Some of them make a lot of money in the years when they have work, but are unemployed three years out of four. Some of them get outsourced. Some of them never make back the cost of their educations.
Meanwhile, electricians do jobs that are hard to outsource. And strangely, over time, they seem to make a lot more money than unemployed or underemployed engineers.
B’Man might have some cultural insight, if not a total explanation, to the situation of electricians: