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  • $88,287
  • 188,300
  • 3.2
  • 8.6%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Electrical Engineering
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A university degree in electrical engineering is required for most all electrical engineering jobs. A degree usually lasts four or five years and is designated as a bachelor of technology, bachelor of engineering, bachelor of science or bachelor of applied science.

Electrical engineering students need to have units in physics, mathematics, computers and project management. Aside from regular colleges and universities, there are also electrical engineering degree programs online which allow students to study while working.

Electrical engineering courses are a mix of design and lab work. Students are taught to design and develop different solutions to a variety of real life situations. Typically, a curriculum will include the following:

  • Computers and technology, such as microprocessors and computer hardware
  • Robotics, such as robotic arms and artificial intelligence
  • Power systems, such as generators, power grids and how to make energy more efficient
  • Communication systems, such as radio, TV, telecommunications and other wireless and laser transmissions
  • Integrated circuits and solid state devices, such as electronic games, navigation systems and home appliances

Electrical engineers need to be logical, detail-oriented and need to work well in a team setting. They must also be creative and be able to think outside of the box. They must be able to communicate their ideas to their team. They need to understand engineering in general before specializing in electrical engineering in particular.

Although not required, there are also professional certifications that can help job hunters stand out from their competition. Government and federal contractors require licenses, with different procedures and requirements depending on the state. Applicants must pass an exam to receive their license, as well as have a minimum number of years of job experience. For fresh graduates, there are also pre-licensure certifications.

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Electrical Engineer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

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Education History of Electrical Engineers

The most common degree held by Electrical Engineers is Electrical Engineering. 73% of Electrical Engineers had a degree in Electrical Engineering before becoming Electrical Engineers. That is over 82 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among Electrical Engineers, representing 7% of Electrical Engineers in the CareerExplorer user base, which is 1.0 times the average.

Electrical Engineer Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming an Electrical Engineer, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of Electrical Engineers % of population Multiple
Electrical Engineering 73.3% 0.9% 81.6×
Business Management And Administration 6.6% 6.6% 1.0×
Computer Engineering 5.4% 0.6% 9.2×
Electrical Engineering Technology 5.1% 0.2% 24.2×
Physics 5.1% 1.0% 5.0×
Computer Science 3.9% 3.0% 1.3×
Mechanical Engineering 3.0% 1.7% 1.8×
Engineering Management 2.4% 0.2% 12.9×
Power Engineering 2.1% 0.1% 28.1×
Computer Networking 1.5% 0.3% 5.2×
Mathematics 1.5% 1.9% 0.8×

Electrical Engineer Education Levels

71% of Electrical Engineers have a bachelor's degree. 24% of Electrical Engineers have a master's degree.

No education 0%
High school diploma 3%
Associate's degree 2%
Bachelor's degree 71%
Master's degree 24%
Doctorate degree 0%

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  • Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers

    For more than a century, the Standard Handbook for Electrical Engineers has served as the definitive source for all the pertinent electrical engineering data essential to both engineering students and practicing engineers. It offers comprehensive information on the generation, transmission, distribution, control, operation, and application of electric power.

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  • Mathematics for Electrical Engineering and Computing

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  • Elements of Power System Analysis

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  • Electrical Engineering 101, Second Edition: Everything You Should Have Learned in School...but Probably Didn't

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Career Attributes

  • $88,287
  • 188,300
  • 3.2
  • 8.6%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Electrical Engineering
More Attributes