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Electrical engineers design new and better electronics. They also test equipment and solve problems. A project starts by deciding what the new electronics will do. Then, the engineer designs the circuits and other parts of the electronics. Engineers might draw their designs using a computer.
Later, the engineers test their designs and make them better. Many projects don't work at first. The engineers have to figure out why and then fix them.
Electrical engineers work on many kinds of products. They might work on cars, robots, cell phone systems, the lighting and wiring in buildings, and radar and navigation systems.
Some examples of high-tech projects that electrical and electronics engineers work on are global positioning systems that can pinpoint a car's location, giant generators that can power entire cities, or a new design for an airplane's electrical system.
Engineers work in offices, labs, or industrial plants. Many work a normal 40-hour week. At times, they work longer to meet deadlines.
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You need a college degree in engineering for almost all engineering jobs.
Getting into engineering school takes good grades in math and science. Students also need courses in English, social studies, and computers.
Engineers should be creative, curious, logical, and detail-oriented. They should also be able to work as part of a team.
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In May 2008, the average yearly wages of electrical engineers were $85,350. Electronics engineers earned an average of $88,670.
|How many jobs are there?||Back to Top|
There were about 301,500 electrical and electronics engineers in 2008. Many worked for companies that make medical machines, communications equipment, or electronics.
|What about the future?||Back to Top|
Jobs for electrical engineers are expected to experience little or no change through 2018. There will be a need for more electronic devices like giant electric power generators or wireless phone transmitters, but electrical engineers will face competition from companies based in other countries.
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More BLS information about electrical and electronics engineers can be found in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. The Handbook also shows where to find out even more about this job.
Last Modified Date: March 19, 2010