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  • $88,287
  • 188,300
  • 3.2
  • 8.6%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Electrical Engineering
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Electrical Engineer Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 188,300 Electrical Engineers in the United States. The Electrical Engineer job market is expected to grow by 8.6% between 2016 and 2026.

Electrical Engineer Employability Rating

D CareerExplorer rates Electrical Engineers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 20,200 Electrical Engineers. That number is based on 16,200 additional Electrical Engineers, and the retirement of 4,000 existing Electrical Engineers.

Demand for Electrical Engineers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), two occupations long associated with innovation – electrical and electronics engineering – have all but stalled in their growth. The slow rate of growth in most manufacturing sectors is getting much of the blame for the stall in this occupation. This bleak view of the field is in direct contrast with industry claims that the United States has a massive shortage of skilled electrical engineers. American companies maintain that this is not an issue of declining demand, but rather one of declining investment in U.S. workers in favour of lobbying Congress for access to inexpensive foreign labour. Some observers claim that the demand for American electrical engineers would improve if the U.S. insisted that rockets that launch astronauts, satellites, weather, and GPS equipment were made in the U.S. The BLS predicts that most opportunities for electrical and electronics engineers will be with engineering service firms, as companies seek to reduce costs by contracting. Electrical engineers familiar with developing technologies in the areas of solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications will be best positioned to find jobs.

Supply of Electrical Engineers

The Electrical Engineer industry is concentrated in California, Texas, and New York.

Electrical Engineer Job Market by State

State name Employed Electrical Engineers
California 24,690
Texas 14,300
New York 11,170
Michigan 10,280
Massachusetts 8,260
Pennsylvania 7,490
Ohio 6,430
Virginia 5,980
Washington 5,930
Florida 5,900
North Carolina 5,370
Illinois 5,130
Maryland 4,550
Alabama 4,440
Georgia 4,240
Arizona 4,160
Minnesota 3,930
Wisconsin 3,780
New Jersey 3,630
Colorado 3,530
Missouri 3,490
Indiana 3,270
Connecticut 2,760
Tennessee 2,560
Oregon 2,390
South Carolina 2,350
New Hampshire 2,180
New Mexico 1,880
Kansas 1,880
Kentucky 1,690
Utah 1,650
Oklahoma 1,320
Iowa 1,270
Louisiana 1,160
Idaho 1,120
Mississippi 1,050
Arkansas 1,000
Nebraska 770
Hawaii 770
Puerto Rico 750
Nevada 650
North Dakota 560
Montana 550
Delaware 520
Rhode Island 510
District of Columbia 510
Vermont 470
Maine 470
West Virginia 390
Alaska 370
South Dakota 340
Wyoming 280
Guam 80

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Career Attributes

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