Electrical engineering is a broad field offering a world of possibilities to professionals. Designing computers, electronic devices, communications systems, testing equipment and working to improve systems are just a few of the jobs performed by electrical engineers. These highly skilled professionals enjoy fulfilling and exciting work, a competitive salary and a bright job outlook.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, as of May 2010, the median annual wage of electrical engineers was $84,540 per year. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $53,030 and the top 10 percent earned $128,610. Workers in the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing fields earned an average of $92,070 per year; $90,790 in scientific research and development services; $89,590 in navigational, measuring, electromedical, and instruments manufacturing; $83,960 in electric power generation, transmission and distribution; and $83,750 in architectural, engineering, and related services.
Variety of Fields
Electrical engineering is composed of a wide variety of subdisciplines that professionals can choose, such as power, control, electronics, microelectronics, signal processing, communication, instrumentation and computers. Professionals can also choose to work in various settings including offices, labs and industrial plants. Engineers may work on projects such as designing a telecommunications system, wiring buildings, designing household appliances, or operating an electric power station.
Opportunities for Advancement
Advancement opportunities for electrical engineers are plentiful. Those who have the desire to continue their education can earn a master’s or a doctoral degree to further advance in the field. In fact, in 2012 "Forbes" rated an electrical engineering master’s degree as the third best master’s degree to obtain, citing a projected employment increase for jobs associated with the degree at 17 percent. There are also countless electrical engineering certifications to position oneself as anexpert in a specific area.
Work on High Profile Projects
Electrical engineers have a unique chance to make a difference in the lives of others. These professionals work together to solve problems using cutting-edge technology. Whether creating lifesaving biomedical instruments, developing faster ways for computers to operate, or designing devices that produce renewable sources of energy, the work they do each day has a profound impact on society.
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