E lectrical engineering is very broad field and its use is integrated into almost every industry. Electrical engineers design, develop, test and manage the manufacturing of electrical equipment such as electric power generation and distribution and is used in things such as electric cars, GPS devices, to pacemakers and smartphones.
Electrical engineers typically:
An electrical engineer’s job description entails a lot of variety including working with a customer to understand the requirements of the project, designing the product and working with manufacturing to ensure it is made according to the specifications and budget.
High School students should take math courses including algebra, trigonometry, and calculus as well as physics if they are interest in studying electrical or electronics engineering. Courses in drafting are also helpful.
To enter this career field, you will need a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, electrical engineering technology, or a related engineering field. Typical coursework in electrical engineering includes physics, electric circuits, design fundamentals, digital systems and communications.
When choosing an engineering school, their electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology programs should be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology Inc. (ABET)
|Pay & Employment Outlook for Electrical Engineers|
|2020 Median Pay||$103,390 per year (49.71 per hour)|
|Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's Degree|
|Job Outlook, 2019 - 29||3% (as fast as average)|
* Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics April 9, 2021