Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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Electrical engineers apply their knowledge of the sciences to working with equipment that produces and distributes electricity, such as generators, transmission lines, and transformers. They also design, develop, and manufacture electric motors, electrical machinery, and ignition systems for automobiles, aircraft, and other engines. Electronics engineers are more concerned with devices made up of electronic components such as integrated circuits and microprocessors. They design, develop, and manufacture products such as computer systems, broadcast and communications systems, MP3 players, and GPS devices. Electronics engineering is a subfield of electrical engineering, and both types of engineers are often referred to as electrical engineers. (Electronics engineers who focus solely on computer hardware are often considered hardware engineers.) There are approximately 313,970 electrical and electronics engineers employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Design, develop, and manufacture equipment that produces and distributes electricity, as well as equipment such as electric motors and machinery (electrical engineers); design and develop devices made up of electronic components (electronics engineers)
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief Engineer, or Consultant, or College Professor
  • Project Manager or Managing Engineer
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Entry-Level Engineer