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Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Quick Facts : Electrical and Electronics Engineers*
2010 Median Pay$87,180
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012294,000
Job Outlook6% (Slower than average)
Employment Change17,600


Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing 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.

What Electrical and Electronics Engineers Do

  • Direct manufacturing, installing, and testing to ensure that the product as built meets specifications and codes
  • Investigate complaints from customers or the public, evaluate problems, and recommend solutions
  • Work with project managers on production efforts to ensure projects are completed satisfactorily, on time, and within budget
  • Develop maintenance and testing procedures for electronic components and equipment
  • Evaluate systems and recommend repair or design modifications

Work Environment

Electrical and electronics engineers work primarily in industries that conduct research and development, for engineering services firms, in manufacturing, and in the federal government. They generally work indoors in offices. However, they may have to visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment.
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Job Outlook

Employment of electrical and electronics engineers is expected to grow 6 percent from 2010 to 2020 because of electrical and electronics engineers? versatility in developing and applying emerging technologies.
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Pay

The median annual wage of electrical engineers in May 2010 was $84,540.
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Electrical and Electronics Engineers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Electrical and Electronics Engineers

87180

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

71525.1724

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Electrical and Electronics Engineers*
Percent Change in Employment

Electrical and Electronics Engineers

5.98639

Architecture and Engineering Occupations

13.188106742398492

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Electrical and electronics engineers must have a bachelor's degree. Employers also value practical experience, so graduates of cooperative engineering programs, in which students earn academic credit for structured work experience, are valuable as well. Having a Professional Engineer license may improve an engineer's chances for employment.
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