Learn about the types of people who become electrical engineers. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Employment Type Mix, 2022

89% of electrical engineers work in full-time roles while 11% work part-time.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2022

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming an electrical engineer. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More men than women are interested in becoming electrical engineers at a ratio of 5.14 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2022

21% of electrical engineers are female and 79% are male.


Gender Bias, 2022

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being an electrical engineer and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming an electrical engineer and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming an electrical engineer than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of electrical engineers are White, making up 36% of the population. The next highest segments are South Asian and East Asian, making up 21% and 12% respectively.