Electrical Engineer

What Does An Electrical Engineer Do?

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electronic equipment such as motors, communication systems, and power generators.

How Do I Become An Electrical Engineer?

A four-year bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master’s or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable and may be required by some firms. Appropriate licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE) will also be a requirement to work as an electrical engineer.

What is the Average Salary For An Electrical Engineer?

High – 135,000
Median – 86,000
Low – 52,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become An Electrical Engineer?

  • Science – As much as possible, including physics!
  • Math – As much as possible, including calculus!
  • English – As much as possible!
  • Technical Writing
  • Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Drafting
  • Electronics

What Is The Work Environment For An Electrical Engineer?

Electrical engineers typically work for engineering firms, research-and development, and companies that manufacture various electronics. They generally work in offices, but they may have to visit sites to inspect equipment.

What Is The Future Outlook For An Electrical Engineer?

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be strong competition for some of these positions.

References

  • Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
  • Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada

What Degree Should I Consider If I Want To Be An Electrical Engineer?