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How does one choose which type of engineering to go into in relation to animation? I would love to choose mechanical or computer engineering, but I am unsure which is more beneficial to animation?

by Daniella

I am currently at an Engineering school, and am unsure which major to focus on. I have experience in many programming languages, 2 and 3-d animation, and throughly enjoy mechanical engineering. I wish to pursue a career in animation or game ...

Electrical engineers work with electricity in its many forms - from the electrons to the large scale magnetic fields. In addition to designing new products, they construct, operate, and maintain a wide variety of electrical systems and equipment. Some specialize in electronics, others in even more specific areas, like space communications or industrial robotics.

Education

Electrical engineers need a bachelor's degree. While some have degrees in advanced physics or electronics, most have electrical engineering degrees.

Lifestyle

Electrical engineers usually work 40-hour weeks, but can work longer hours on projects with pressing deadlines or in emergency situations. They often work on teams with other engineers and scientists and can find jobs in industry, government, universities, or in consulting.

Skills

You are an Electrical Engineer, if you:

  • Like to be exposed to a steady stream of new information 
  • Can communicate well
  • Like to make things work efficiently 
  • Like math and science 
  • Are curious about the world around you 
  • Like to ask a lot of questions 
  • Like to learn 
  • Want to know how things work
  • Enjoy reading 
  • Like to travel 
  • Can set priorities and organize your time 

Salary

The median annual salary for an entry-level electrical engineer is $68,171.*

Examples

  • Invent better MRI scanners, allowing doctors to see even more clearly inside a patient’s body
  • Create special effects for the movies
  • Design cell phones that work more reliably and have more features
  • Develop artificial retinas for the blind
  • Work on satellite communications systems that connect people around the world
*Source: Salary.com 2018
Latest Resources
  • Interview with Dean Tsu-Jae King Liu by Angela Zheng

    added Thursday, January 17, 2019 AT 8:54 AM

    added by Mary  MathiasMary Mathias

    Dr. Tsu-Jae King Liu earned her B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. After various industry and academic roles, she is now the Dean of UC Berkeley's College of Engineering, and the first woman to ever hold that position. Liu is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering. She was interviewed by Angela Zheng in the fall of 2018.
  • Engineering Computers for Science

    added Wednesday, June 20, 2018 AT 12:31 PM

    added by Kate GramlingKate Gramling

    Of all engineering’s achievements, the one with the greatest impact on modern science is the computer.