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Electrical Engineer
“The Electron Mover”
A field of engineering that deals with the study and application of electricity, electronics and electromagnetism.
Average Pay: $60,800 - $104,000    Qualifications:
The Job
Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electrical equipment. Some of this equipment includes electric motors; machinery controls, lighting, and wiring in buildings; automobiles; aircraft; radar and navigation systems; and power generation, control, and transmission devices used by electric utilities. Although the terms electrical and electronics engineering often are used interchangeably in academia and industry, electrical engineers have traditionally focused on the generation and supply of power, whereas electronics engineers have worked on applications of electricity to control systems or signal processing. Electrical engineers specialize in areas such as power systems engineering or electrical equipment manufacturing. For example, they may work on the design of telecommunication systems, the operation of electric power stations, the lighting and wiring of buildings, the design of household appliances or the electrical control of industrial machinery.
Work Environment
Electrical engineers may be found working in an office or lab environment, or at various building and development sites.
College Majors
Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Technology or Bachelor of Applied Science, Master of Engineering
Minimum Qualifications
A Bachelor's degree in engineering represents the first step towards professional certification. An engineer must satisfy a range of requirements (including work experience requirements) before being certified. A postgraduate degree is required in some cases.
Personality traits helpful for this career
strong numerical skills, computer literacy and the ability to understand the technical language and concepts
Quick Facts
  • In the United States and Canada only a licensed engineer may seal engineering work for public and private clients.
  • From the Global Positioning System to electric power generation, electrical engineers have contributed to the development of a wide range of technologies.
  • More Info: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Internet:
Compensation and Outlook
In May 2008 the median income for electrical engineers was $82,160. The lowest ten percent earned $52,990 and the highest ten percent earned $125,810.
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