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Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineers are involved with designing, developing, testing and supervising the manufacturing of electrical equipment for industrial, commercial scientific and military use. Electrical engineers primarily focus on generation and supply of power.

They're involved with equipment such as machinery controls, electric motors, radar and navigation systems; power generation, control and transmission devices used by electrical utilities; communications systems, and lighting and wiring in buildings. Some electrical engineers design electrical systems for automobiles and aircraft. They typically have a specialty such as power systems engineering.

Some sample job titles are electrical design engineer, electrical controls engineer, project engineer, test engineer, circuits engineer and electrical project engineer.

Responsibilities

  • Oversee and coordinate manufacturing, installation, maintenance and testing procedures to make sure they comply with codes, specifications and customer requirements
  • Prepare technical drawings and specifications of electrical systems
  • Develop specifications for buying equipment and materials
  • Establish manufacturing and installation standards and specifications
  • Recommend actions to resolve customer or public complaints
  • Make sure projects are completed within budget and on time
  • Plan and implement research procedures and methodologies to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects

Job Characteristics

Most engineers work in offices, industrial plants or laboratories. Many engineers work 40 hours a week, however overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines. In addition, engineers often work in groups.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted a two percent employment growth for electrical engineers from 2008 to 2018. Employment growth may be limited due to international competition and companies using engineering services from foreign countries. Electrical engineers employed by companies offering engineering and design services may have better job prospects. In addition, the median annual earnings in 2008 for electrical engineers was $82,160.

Engineers can advance in their careers by becoming technical specialists or a supervisor of a team of engineers and technicians. Some experienced engineers move up to an engineer manager position.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most individuals seeking a career as an electrical engineer earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Most entry-level engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Students may select an area of concentration such as microwave engineering or power systems. Some education programs provide job placement programs which allow students to work in the field as early as their junior year. Hands-on training can be very beneficial.

Many electrical engineering educational programs include courses in integrated circuits and solid state devices, communications systems, robotics, computers and power systems.

Some individuals obtain a master's degree in electrical engineering. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology provides accreditation for college and university engineering programs. In addition, professional certification can be beneficial for finding a job and advancing into senior technical and managerial positions.

Every state requires licensure for engineers that offer their services directly to the public. Licensure typically requires a degree from an ABET accredited engineering program, four years of relevant work experience and passing a state examination.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employers are electrical component manufacturing firms, scientific research and development firms, navigation controls manufacturers, engineering services, measurement devices manufacturers, architectural firms, medical equipment manufacturers and communications equipment manufacturers.

Schools for Electrical Engineers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Electrical Engineers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Electrical Engineers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 1800 $98,480
Birmingham 1660 $90,060
Hoover 1660 $90,060
Mobile 330 $90,890
Montgomery 320 $95,340
Decatur 140 $109,960
Tuscaloosa 60 $78,040
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 270 $113,130
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Phoenix 2990 $104,470
Scottsdale 2990 $104,470
Mesa 2990 $104,470
Tucson 380 $75,980
Sierra Vista 150 N/A
Douglas 150 N/A
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 360 $86,350
North Little Rock 360 $86,350
Little Rock 360 $86,350
Pine Bluff 40 $90,070
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 6780 $105,360
Anaheim 6780 $105,360
Long Beach 6780 $105,360
San Jose 5830 $137,900
Sunnyvale 5830 $137,900
Santa Clara 5830 $137,900
San Diego 4210 $116,590
Carlsbad 4210 $116,590
Hayward 2700 $111,590
San Francisco 2700 $111,590
Oakland 2700 $111,590
Arcade 1290 $92,700
Roseville 1290 $92,700
Arden 1290 $92,700
Sacramento 1290 $92,700
Thousand Oaks 710 $105,680
Oxnard 710 $105,680
Ventura 710 $105,680
San Bernardino 530 $94,900
Ontario 530 $94,900
Riverside 530 $94,900
Bakersfield 310 $89,790
Santa Barbara 240 $110,360
Santa Maria 240 $110,360
Fresno 210 $120,360
Arroyo Grande 120 $103,020
Paso Robles 120 $103,020
San Luis Obispo 120 $103,020
Vallejo 120 $109,490
Fairfield 120 $109,490
Santa Rosa 80 $107,320
Stockton 70 $108,390
Lodi 70 $108,390
Watsonville 60 $83,590
Santa Cruz 60 $83,590
Salinas 50 $115,510
Redding 30 $108,370
Visalia N/A $99,500
Porterville N/A $99,500
Modesto N/A $115,190
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Aurora 2220 $92,560
Lakewood 2220 $92,560
Denver 2220 $92,560
Colorado Springs 520 $102,700
Boulder 460 $83,930
Fort Collins 360 $97,930
Greeley 140 $90,420
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 890 $91,310
West Hartford 890 $91,310
Hartford 890 $91,310
New Haven 320 $88,310
Norwalk 270 $91,110
Stamford 270 $91,110
Bridgeport 270 $91,110
Danbury 130 $71,330
Waterbury 50 $97,430
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 1260 $75,710
Miami 1260 $75,710
West Palm Beach 1260 $75,710
Clearwater 1130 $81,590
Tampa 1130 $81,590
St. Petersburg 1130 $81,590
Orlando 1110 $82,390
Kissimmee 1110 $82,390
Sanford 1110 $82,390
Titusville 590 $89,480
Melbourne 590 $89,480
Palm Bay 590 $89,480
Jacksonville 520 $87,250
Destin 320 $99,590
Fort Walton Beach 320 $99,590
Crestview 320 $99,590
North Port 150 $81,260
Sarasota 150 $81,260
Bradenton 150 $81,260
Daytona Beach 130 $64,340
Deltona 130 $64,340
Ormond Beach 130 $64,340
Gainesville 120 $60,880
Brent 90 $127,040
Pensacola 90 $127,040
Ferry Pass 90 $127,040
Lakeland 80 $71,150
Winter Haven 80 $71,150
Panama City 80 $91,250
Tallahassee 60 $79,330
Ocala 50 $38,210
Fort Myers 50 $76,220
Cape Coral 50 $76,220
Port St. Lucie N/A $78,120
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2840 $86,860
Atlanta 2840 $86,860
Sandy Springs 2840 $86,860
Warner Robins 130 $89,450
Albany 60 $87,490
Savannah 60 $96,010
Gainesville 50 $76,330
Athens 40 $74,980
Clarke County 40 $74,980
Macon N/A $74,510
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 770 $86,320
Lahaina 50 $71,400
Wailuku 50 $71,400
Kahului 50 $71,400
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 990 $85,670
Idaho Falls 80 $106,010
Coeur d'Alene 50 $86,320
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 150 $86,970
Peoria 130 $101,350
Marion 40 $83,530
Carbondale 40 $83,530
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1030 $81,750
Anderson 1030 $81,750
Carmel 1030 $81,750
Fort Wayne 240 $73,980
Columbus 220 $80,910
Elkhart 140 $82,180
Goshen 140 $82,180
Terre Haute 100 $82,820
Bloomington 70 $82,070
West Lafayette 30 $67,450
Lafayette 30 $67,450
Kokomo N/A $70,880
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cedar Rapids 720 $84,770
West Des Moines 130 $72,140
Des Moines 130 $72,140
Waterloo 40 $77,300
Cedar Falls 40 $77,300
Dubuque N/A $84,280
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 370 $73,970
Topeka 40 $82,320
Lawrence N/A $78,280
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 600 $83,520
Lexington 600 $83,520
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 650 $95,280
New Orleans 650 $95,280
Baton Rouge 390 $88,690
Shreveport 170 $89,780
Bossier City 170 $89,780
Lake Charles 110 $93,900
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 130 $88,590
South Portland 130 $88,590
Bangor 50 $81,080
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2530 $91,770
Towson 2530 $91,770
Columbia 2530 $91,770
Lexington Park 210 $90,450
California 210 $90,450
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 140 $83,980
Pittsfield 80 $93,720
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Warren 6690 $88,550
Dearborn 6690 $88,550
Detroit 6690 $88,550
Wyoming 880 $74,980
Grand Rapids 880 $74,980
Ann Arbor 280 $97,250
Benton Harbor 230 $91,560
Niles 230 $91,560
Monroe 220 $95,190
Jackson 190 $80,570
Saginaw 180 $74,340
East Lansing 130 $73,520
Lansing 130 $73,520
Battle Creek 90 $62,060
Portage 70 $81,570
Kalamazoo 70 $81,570
Midland 50 $68,190
Muskegon 40 $88,820
Bay City 30 $81,330
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato 60 $78,030
Mankato 60 $78,030
Rochester 40 $78,750
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 270 $94,630
Biloxi 270 $94,630
Gulfport 270 $94,630
Jackson 210 $87,800
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Joplin 100 N/A
Springfield 70 $57,850
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 200 $82,320
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 250 $81,510
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 390 $89,310
Henderson 390 $89,310
Las Vegas 390 $89,310
Reno 150 $75,920
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 230 $93,870
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 480 $110,340
Hammonton 110 $93,340
Atlantic City 110 $93,340
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 1660 $93,410
Las Cruces 200 $91,760
Farmington 40 $87,900
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 1510 $88,460
Albany 1290 $99,600
Troy 1290 $99,600
Schenectady 1290 $99,600
Syracuse 550 $91,290
Niagara Falls 510 $77,320
Cheektowaga 510 $77,320
Buffalo 510 $77,320
Binghamton 230 $85,780
Rome 140 $85,590
Utica 140 $85,590
Ithaca 70 $83,010
Elmira 30 $91,890
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 1800 $95,930
Durham 700 $92,430
Chapel Hill 700 $92,430
High Point 250 $93,080
Greensboro 250 $93,080
Salem 120 $89,800
Winston 120 $89,800
Morganton 110 $77,350
Hickory 110 $77,350
Lenoir 110 $77,350
Asheville 110 $84,080
Fayetteville 100 $80,080
Rocky Mount 60 $73,730
Goldsboro 50 $84,310
Wilmington 40 $119,060
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 100 $88,960
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1050 $77,510
Elyria 890 $77,770
Cleveland 890 $77,770
Dayton 510 $80,920
Akron 470 $71,880
Toledo 250 $79,470
Canton 90 $79,060
Massillon 90 $79,060
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tulsa 490 $87,440
Oklahoma City 480 $82,320
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 70 $89,730
Bend 50 $64,730
Redmond 50 $64,730
Salem 40 $90,980
Corvallis N/A $90,420
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1750 $88,130
York 290 $82,090
Hanover 290 $82,090
Reading 220 $87,030
Harrisburg 180 $85,890
Carlisle 180 $85,890
Wilkes 150 $86,210
Hazleton 150 $86,210
Barre 150 $86,210
Scranton 150 $86,210
Chambersburg 100 $77,950
Waynesboro 100 $77,950
Lancaster 100 $87,570
Erie 80 $77,110
Johnstown 60 $93,440
State College 50 $75,690
Williamsport 30 $79,870
Berwick N/A $100,850
Bloomsburg N/A $100,850
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 630 $68,680
Carolina 630 $68,680
San Juan 630 $68,680
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 470 $82,240
Anderson 450 $80,140
Mauldin 450 $80,140
Greenville 450 $80,140
North Charleston 220 $79,100
Charleston 220 $79,100
Spartanburg 100 $72,850
Florence 90 $74,760
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 80 $82,400
Rapid City 60 $82,020
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Knoxville 580 $89,930
Franklin 490 $74,900
Murfreesboro 490 $74,900
Davidson 490 $74,900
Nashville 490 $74,900
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 4450 $104,220
The Woodlands 4450 $104,220
Houston 4450 $104,220
Dallas 4170 $92,520
Fort Worth 4170 $92,520
Arlington 4170 $92,520
Round Rock 2880 $111,140
Austin 2880 $111,140
San Antonio 740 $92,180
New Braunfels 740 $92,180
Amarillo 120 $84,790
Longview 100 $97,460
Midland 90 N/A
El Paso 80 $74,820
Bryan 70 $65,580
College Station 70 $65,580
Waco 70 $93,610
Lubbock 60 $77,970
Corpus Christi 60 $97,510
Killeen 40 $80,030
Temple 40 $80,030
Odessa 30 $90,880
Wichita Falls N/A $91,090
Tyler N/A $96,120
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 760 $90,780
Orem 250 $84,290
Provo 250 $84,290
Clearfield 250 $99,450
Ogden 250 $99,450
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 340 $86,820
Burlington 340 $86,820
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 990 $87,700
Lynchburg 400 $70,770
Roanoke 210 $88,320
Blacksburg 160 $72,670
Radford 160 $72,670
Christiansburg 160 $72,670
Charlottesville 100 $100,280
Waynesboro 40 $79,850
Staunton 40 $79,850
Harrisonburg 30 $71,840
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 4460 $105,030
Seattle 4460 $105,030
Tacoma 4460 $105,030
Richland 320 $106,190
Kennewick 320 $106,190
Spokane Valley 210 $87,650
Spokane 210 $87,650
Bellingham 130 $93,170
Wenatchee 60 $97,800
Walla Walla 40 $91,260
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 50 $74,070
Charleston 50 $81,070
Beckley 30 $66,610
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 2060 $85,980
Milwaukee 2060 $85,980
Waukesha 2060 $85,980
Madison 760 $86,300
Green Bay 230 $71,240
Oshkosh 190 $61,300
Neenah 190 $61,300
Appleton 180 $69,500
Wausau 100 $80,930
Racine 100 $85,470
Sheboygan 80 $76,050
Eau Claire 70 $84,320
Fond du Lac N/A $70,020
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Casper 110 $78,610
Cheyenne 40 $82,310

Most Popular Industries for :
Electrical Engineers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Professional And Technical Services 50,300 32% $84,720
Electronics And Computer 33,520 21% $86,360
Utilities 12,680 8% $82,940
Machinery 9,340 6% $73,600
Government 7,070 4% $84,360
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 6,190 4% $80,460
Electrical Appliance 6,050 3% $72,480
Durable Goods Wholesale 4,600 2% $81,500
Office Services And Staffing 3,950 2% $76,360
Business Management 3,460 2% $78,670
Telecommunications 3,420 2% $80,940
Construction Trades 2,790 1% $71,300
Metal Products 1,670 1% $87,250
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