Electrical Engineering By Grant Swann

Nature of work

People with electrical engineering degrees can engage in a variety of jobs and careers. Robotics and Nanotechnology are some of the most common fields that electrical engineers get into. Most of their time is spent designing, prototyping, and developing electrical systems and circuits. They also use their knowledge in electronics to troubleshoot electrical systems that are malfunctioning

working conditions

Electrical Engineers usually work in a lab or an industrial plant. They are given their own cubicle or space where they do their prototyping and designing. Electrical Engineers require very clean and organized workspaces as they are working with small electronic components when prototyping and developing circuits. If they are unorganized, their components could get lost, and some of them cost a lot of money.


Depending on the type of work that Electrical Engineers are doing, their attire may vary. If you are dong mostly prototyping and building the actual circuits, a business casual outfit will work quite nicely. If you are mostly presenting you projects and designs to other people, then a business professional outfit would be in order. A common rule of thumb is to always dress business casual. This is usually the most accepted type of dress for Electrical Engineers.

Training and preperation

If you know early on that you want to be an Electrical Engineer, then your schooling could be taken care of pretty easily. If you are still in high school, taking advanced physics and math courses will be a very good idea, as they are the base of every kind of engineering. You may also be able to earn college credits and test out of some courses that you would normally need to take in college, which would shorten your college career and get you into the work force faster. It would also be wise to take as many engineering electives in high school as possible, as they will make the more advanced college courses easier. Most Electrical Engineering students need a 4-year Bachelor's Degree in order to get a job in Electrical Engineering, though some stay for a Master's or Doctorate Degree.


The median annual wage for Electrical Engineers in 2015 was $93,010 a year. The lowest paid ten percent of electrical engineers earn around $60,000, while the highest-paid ten percent get paid around $147,000 a year. Electrical Engineers do make a good paycheck and can make a decent living even if they are one of the lowest-paid engineers out there.


After college, Electrical Engineers begin their time in the work force as an EIT, or Engineer in Training. After they are given relevant work experience, they can apply for a PE (Professional Engineer) license. PE's can then advance to supervisory work and management positions

Job outlook

The employment rates of Electrical Engineers is projected to have little to no change through the year 2024. Jobs are expected to start opening incredibly fast in Engineering Service Firms, as companies are starting to hire these firms instead of hiring their own engineers. Overall, the rapid pace of technology innovations is expected to drive a large demand for Electrical Engineers.

Related Occupations

Occupations related to Electrical Engineering are as follows:

Computer-Hardware Engineers

Aerospace Engineering

Biomedical Engineers

Electronics Installers and Repairers

accurate or inaccurate?

All in all, I would say that the information I gathered concerning Electrical Engineering accurately described my initial thoughts of what the job would be like. The job has a nice blend of designing as well as prototyping and building, which seems like perfect career for me.

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