Being an electrical engineer

An electrical engineer is someone who designs, studies, and operates on systems and products that use electricity and electromagnetic energy. They are the ones in charge of improving communication technologies. In order to become an electrical engineer, there are certain levels of education that need to be completed along with job certifications.
• Education: In order to earn an entry-level position as an electrical engineer, a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering is needed. In college, students will also need to take courses and have a strong background in mathematics and science. If the individual wishes to further pursue their career in electrical engineering, a Master of Science degree will be required. Master’s degree is required if the person wants to work in research and development or if they wish to work as a university professor. When taking graduate courses, the student will learn and have a deeper knowledge in a specific niche. These courses concentrate on the area the student is mostly interested in. For example, some students may wish to acquire more information in computer hardware or software systems.
• Licensing: Besides education, licensing is also important when it comes to pursuing an electrical engineering career. Earning a Professional Engineer license can boost certain job prospects and open doors to opportunities that may not be given without licensing. A license is required if the individual does want to start their own engineering business or work as an independent consultant as many states make it illegal if you do not have one.
• Traits and Qualities: As with all careers, certain traits and qualities prove to be beneficial. The ability to apply what is learned in class to field work is extremely important. Also interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate are ideal since these skills are needed to explain plans, designs, and give instruction to other employees. They may also need to be in contact with clients and customers so being able to communicate the situation is required as well. Being detail-oriented and organized is important as well. Electrical engineers need to keep track of different projects and in order to eliminate any errors they must be on top of details all the time.
While electrical engineers are needed to create new technologies, this career path isn’t a rapidly growing field. It is ideal to work for engineering service firms rather than manufacturing companies. Working for a firm will allow the individual work for different organizations and companies to help create and develop new technologies.
Sources:
1. http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm
2. http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/17-2071.00

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