Electrical and Electronic Engineer

More Engineers!

Elaine Weyuker
Morgan Lynch
Eugenia Kalnay
Susan Su
Jennifer Ploskina
Barbara Nielsen
Nicolette Yovanof Little
Una Trivanovic
Sibylle Walter
Annette von Jouanne
Elizabeth Bierman
Victoria Cummings
Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr, a famous 1930s movie actress, made significant engineering contributions to today's wireless networks.

Read More
Latest Question

I just graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. I hated both of my internship experiences and the prospect of sitting behind a desk all day fills me with dread. What are my options now?

by Helena Colley from Tallahassee

I graduated with a 3.5 GPA. Between my sophomore and junior year I interned with a law firm in an effort to explore my interest in patent law. Between my junior and senior year I interned with an electric utility company. Both experiences were ...

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 average annual salary for an entry-level electrical engineer is $67,139.*

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 2017
Latest Resources
  • 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.
    Comments0
  • Engineering Discovery

    added Thursday, April 5, 2018 AT 11:03 AM

    added by Kate GramlingKate Gramling

    Engineers not only shape the future, they unlock mysteries of the past.
    Comments0