Electrical and Electronics Engineer

The most lucrative position in the field of electronics is being an electrical or electronics engineer. This is a career for someone who wants to earn a higher income in exchange for their expertise in an ever popular and much higher demanded field. Their median salary is about $90K per year.
What Do these Engineers Do?
Electrical Engineers are the people who design, create, evaluate and administer the manufacturing of all kinds of electrical equipment. These kinds of products include motors, navigation and radar systems, power generation equipment, and systems used in broadcasting and other genres of communications, including things like boom boxes to GPSs. As an engineer, you will be responsible for maintaining the most up-to-date systems and designing new systems to meet the demands of your clients.
What Are the Educational Requirements for this Career?
Engineers will need at least a bachelor’s degree to get in at the ground floor of electrical engineering. Physics and mathematics are strengths that an engineer will need to be skilled in for this type of work. Courses that are required are digital systems design, electrical circuit theory, as well as differential equations. Some colleges and universities have cooperative programs where the students will get practical experience while attending their classes. They combine classroom work with practical experiences. This kind of program is very beneficial when students are seeking employment. There are other programs at colleges, where students enroll in a 5-year program. This can culminate in both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree. Having a graduate degree gives the engineer the ability to teach Electrical Engineering at some universities, or enables them to work in research and development divisions in manufacturing facilities.
What Is the Outlook for this Position?
The outlook for this job is good, with a prospected growth of 4% by 2022. The slower projected growth is due to the decline in many manufacturing facilities in a poor economy; however, because of the versatility of the electronics engineer and the never-ending inventions in the electronics field, there will always be a demand for them. The route to go in this career might be to join an Engineering Service firm. Many manufacturing facilities will be outsourcing their work to save on employee costs and benefits. Because of the computerization of many aspects of manufacturing, the engineers will be needed to design and update the systems required to run the operating systems. This will increase the formation of Research and Development Departments in many of those manufacturing facilities.
Elaine M. Long
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electrical and Electronics Engineers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm (visited February 20, 2014).

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