Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Electrical Engineering Requirements

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
Electrical Engineer 13.0% 0.3% 50.8×
Engineer 4.1% 1.0% 4.1×
Software Engineer 9.9% 0.7% 13.5×
Computer Hardware Engineer 2.0% 0.1% 25.6×
Power Engineer 2.4% 0.0% 114.8×
Software Quality Assurance Engineer 4.3% 0.2% 27.4×
Electrician 1.4% 0.3% 4.3×
Robotics Engineer 2.3% 0.1% 27.6×
Computer Systems Engineer 3.5% 0.2% 21.0×
Computer Programmer 7.3% 0.7% 9.9×

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
Part-Time 19%
Jobs that don't require college 19%
Low-paying 5%

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