Electrical Engineering Careers
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Careers in Electrical Engineering
In electrical engineering careers professionals work to design and develop electrical equipment, and work primarily in engineering services firms, architectural companies, research and scientific industries or government agencies. Electrical engineers design new ways to use electrical power or improve products, direct manufacturing, installation and testing of products, and work with project managers on the production efforts.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides detailed information about hundreds of occupations, including entry-level education, overall working environment and employment prospects.
According to the bureau, electrical engineering careers are projected to grow 6 percent through 2020 due to the versatility of electrical and electronics engineers in developing and applying emerging technologies.
As product development is tied to the growth or decline of the manufacturing sectors of our economy, growth for careers in electrical engineering could change depending on that market segment. Jobs will mostly occur in engineering services firms and contract engineering services firms. Check the handbook for electrical engineering careers and related jobs.
Electrical engineering careers include such varied jobs as:
- Electrical and Electronic Engineer
- Architectural and Engineering Manager
- Biomedical Engineer
- Computer Hardware Engineer
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Electronics Installers and Repairer
- Electro-Mechanical Technician
- Industrial Engineer
Electrical engineering careers are also found in such unique career sub-fields as systems engineering, nuclear technology and energy engineering.
Students who graduated from Florida Tech found electrical engineering careers at companies such as:
- Florida Solar Energy Center
- Harris Corp
- Lockheed Martin
- Microsoft Corp
- Rockwell Collins
- Collins Software Productivity Solutions
Entry-Level Salary Expectations
Entry-level electrical engineering salaries are reported by PayScale.com to be $63,400 with opportunity to grow to $106,000. Payscale.com is an online salary information company that helps people obtain accurate real-time information on job market compensation. Similar occupations also have attractive entry-level salaries including:
Electrical Engineering Technology: $58,400 - $86,900
Computer Engineering: $53,800 - $105,000
Information Technology: $48,900 - $81,700
Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on these and other careers.
Graduate Degree Programs
Before considering electrical engineering careers, Florida Tech students have gone on to advanced degrees at:
- California Institute of Technology
- Stanford University
- Georgia Institute of Technology
- UC Berkeley