|What does an electrical engineer do?
A global positioning
system that can pinpoint a car's location. Giant generators that
can power entire cities. Electrical and electronic engineers work
on high-tech projects like these.
in many areas—aircraft and automobiles; broadcasting and communications
systems; lighting and wiring in buildings; machinery controls;
power generating and transmitting; and radar and navigation systems.
They design new products. They test equipment and solve problems.
They also estimate project costs.
in offices, labs, or industrial plants. Others may work at construction
sites. Some travel a lot.
a normal 40-hour week. At times, deadlines may require longer
The work of
many of these engineers is related to computers. However, engineers
who work only on computer hardware are called computer hardware
|How do you get ready to become an electrical engineer?
in engineering is needed for almost all entry-level engineering
jobs. College grads with a degree in a science or mathematics
may get some jobs.
engineering school requires a strong report card in math and science,
and courses in English, social studies, and computers.
In a typical
college, the first 2 years are for studying math, science, engineering
basics, the arts, and social sciences. In the last 2 years, most
courses are in engineering, mostly in a single branch.
should be creative, curious, analytical, and detail-oriented.
They should be able to work as part of a team. People skills are
important. This is because engineers often work with people in
a wide range of fields.
|How much does an electrical engineer get paid?
50 percent of electrical engineers earned between $54,550 and
$84,670 in 2002. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $44,780.
The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $100,980.
50 percent of electronics engineers, except computer, earned between
$55,930 and $85,980. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than
$46,310. The highest-paid 10 percent earned more than $103,860.
about 292,000 electrical and electronics engineers in 2002. Many
worked in professional, scientific, and technical services firms.
Others worked in government agencies or for manufacturers of computer
and electronic products and machinery. Wholesale trade, communications,
and utilities firms accounted for most of the remaining jobs.
of electrical and electronics engineers is expected to grow more
slowly than the average for all occupations through 2012. More
electrical and electronic goods will be sold in the U.S. But foreign
competition will limit job growth. The use of foreign engineering
services will also limit job growth. Job growth should be fastest
in the services industries. An example is a consulting firm that
provides electronic engineering services.
and electronics engineering graduates should have good job prospects.
The number of job openings is expected to be about the same as
the number of graduates.
education is important. Engineers who do not keep up with new
technology might not be promoted. They could even be laid off.
|Are there other jobs like this?
- Civil engineers
Outlook Handbook -- U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
|Where can you find more information?
about electrical and electronics engineers can be found in the