Electrical and Electronics Engineers

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 computer hardware engineers.) There are approximately 303,450 electrical and electronics engineers employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
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)
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience Internship
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Chief Engineer, or Consultant, or College Professor
  • Project Manager or Managing Engineer
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineer
  • Entry-Level Engineer

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