Electrical Engineering Requirements
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Offered at the bachelor’s and master’s level, electrical engineering degrees prepare students with the basics of electrical engineering. Courses are math and science heavy, with concentrations in specific fields of electrical engineering such as computer systems, power generation and communication.
Electrical engineering degrees will equip students with the engineering skills and technological knowledge needed to design, assess and improve electrical and electronic systems. Most electrical engineers must have a degree in electrical engineering from a university accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Additional certification or specialization can help electrical engineers progress further in specialized career fields.
Electrical Engineering Careers
The career trajectory of people with an Electrical Engineering degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Electrical Engineering degrees have experience in is Electrical Engineer, followed by Engineer, Software Engineer, Computer Hardware Engineer, Power Engineer, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Electrician, Robotics Engineer, Computer Systems Engineer, and Computer Programmer.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Computer Hardware Engineer||2.0%||0.1%||25.6×|
|Software Quality Assurance Engineer||4.3%||0.2%||27.4×|
|Computer Systems Engineer||3.5%||0.2%||21.0×|
Electrical Engineering Salary
Electrical Engineering graduates earn on average $60k, putting them in the 90th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$45k|
|Median (average earners)||$60k|
|75th (top earners)||$72k|
Electrical Engineering Underemployment
Electrical Engineering graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||19%|