Best foreign language to prepare for engineerig

I am interested in electrical engineering. What kind of companies employ electrical engineers? Also, what would be the best foreign language for me to study in high school that would be beneficial for my career?
posted by Maryanne, Wilbraham, MA on June 15, 2014

Answer by Theresa Brunasso

Hi Maryanne, 
I’m glad to hear that you’re interested in electrical engineering.  It has been a fun and rewarding career for me, and I think you’ll enjoy it too.  There are thousands of companies that hire electrical engineers!  Just to give you a very few examples, you could work on consumer electronics for companies like Dell, GE or Apple.  Or you could work in Defense and Aerospace for companies like Boeing, Northrop Grumman or Lockheed Martin.  You could work on generating electrical power for companies like Georgia Power, California Edison or Western Massachusetts Electric Company.  If you like cars, you could work for automotive companies like BMW, Ford or Toyota.  You could do research at a lab like the Georgia Tech Research Institute, Applied Physics Lab or NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.  So you see, there is a very wide variety of work that you can do as an electrical engineer.  As far as foreign languages go, I don’t think there is a “best” one to learn.  I’ve worked on projects with engineers from France, Italy, Germany and Japan, so speaking any one of those languages would be helpful.  Many companies have manufacturing in Mexico and China, so speaking those languages would also be good.  I think you should just choose the language that interests you the most, and it will certainly help you in your career.  Good luck in school, and if you have further questions, you can contact me through my website: www.dsmicrowave.com

Theresa