Electrical engineering is an engineering discipline concerned with the study, design and application of equipment, devices and systems which use electricity, electronics, and electromagnetism.
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, or power generation equipment. Electrical engineers also design the electrical systems of automobiles and aircraft.
Is Electrical Engineering a good career?
Working as an electrical engineer is a rewarding choice for people passionate about technology, mathematics, and science, as it lets them use these disciplines in innovative ways. They will find competitive salaries and work in a variety of industries also make electrical engineering work appealing.
What Electrical and Electronics Engineers Do
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment.
Electrical and electronics engineers work in industries including research and development, engineering services, manufacturing, telecommunications, and the federal government. Electrical and electronics engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment.
How to Become an Electrical or Electronics Engineer
Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor’s degree. Employers also value practical experience, such as internships or participation in cooperative engineering programs.
The median annual wage for electrical engineers was $98,530 in May 2019.
The median annual wage for electronics engineers, except computer was $105,570 in May 2019.
Overall employment of electrical and electronics engineers is projected to grow 3 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth is expected to be tempered by slow growth or decline in some industries, such as manufacturing and utilities.
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