The field of electrical engineering involves the design, development and manufacture of electrical equipment and systems. Energy systems, transportation, communication, aircraft, spacecraft, biomedical systems inside and outside the human body , and computer applications in industrial, commercial and defense sectors are all designed using principles of electronics and electrical engineering. Electrical engineering positions include those involved in research, design, development, planning, production, installation and sales. The basic educational requirement for electrical engineers is a BSEE degree. Since technology is always advancing, engineers are continually educating themselves both formally and informally and often receive MSEE degrees. Those interested in research or teaching will need to pursue a Ph.D. Personal qualifications necessary in the profession include strong science, math and analytical aptitudes, the ability to work as a team member, persistence and good written and oral communication skills.
Graduates with this major have found professionally rewarding opportunities as: Electrical Engineer, Systems Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Communications Engineer, Electrical Design Engineer, Sales Engineer, Electronics Test Engineer, Research Engineer, Consultant, Purchasing Agent, Manufacturer's Representative, Safety Engineer, Technical Writer, Technical Illustrator, Quality Control Specialist and Production Manager. Some of these careers require additional education or experience.
Computer industry, aerospace companies, consulting firms, communications companies, construction industry, colleges and universities, government agencies, petroleum industry, radio/TV industry, research institutes, transportation industry and utilities.
Employment opportunities for electrical engineers are expected to increase due to changing technology. Increased demand by business and government for computers and communication equipment is expected to account for much of the projected growth. Consumer demand for electrical goods and electric vehicles along with increased research and development on computers, robots and alternative and renewable energy should create additional jobs. Salaries will vary by size and type of employer, geographic location, course work and related experience. Consult the Career Development Center for current local and national salary information.