Electrical Engineer

Career Overview

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electronic equipment such as motors, communication systems, and power generators.

Education

A four-year bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, electronics engineering, or electrical engineering technology is necessary to obtain this position. A higher degree (master's or doctorate) in a related field, which may take an additional two-five years to earn, would be more valuable and may be required by some firms. Appropriate licensing as a Professional Engineer (PE) will also be a requirement to work as an electrical engineer.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$61,190 /yr
$96,640 /yr
$153,240 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Math - as much as possible, including calculus!
  • Science - as much as possible, including physics!
  • Drafting
Work Environment

Electrical engineers typically work for engineering firms, research-and development, and companies that manufacture various electronics. They generally work in offices, but they may have to visit sites to inspect equipment.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks fair over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist. There will likely be strong competition for some of these positions.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada