Electrical engineers study, design, analyze, and develop electronic devices/equipment. They basically can work on any device that uses electricity. They use their knowledge and creativity to make new circuit designs to improve the overall performance and reduce cost. They can work on simple jobs like designing an electric motor according to specifications given by their client or they can work on designing a new military grade radar.

Nowadays, many companies are focusing on building electric circuits in ways to reduce power consumption while giving the same or better performance. They do this by hiring electrical engineers and giving them the task of modifying current designs or making new ones.

Electrical engineers design circuit boards, components, and also the software that goes inside certain equipment. They can use computer simulation software to build the whole project.

Electrical engineering technicians help engineers, mainly during the testing and manufacturing phase of the project they are working on.

Electrical engineers mostly spend their time in offices or electronic laboratories as their job is to design and test electronic equipment. In some cases, they may have to visit a manufacturing plant to solve design issue or any other unexpected complication.

Electric engineering technicians spend most of their time in laboratories. They provide assistance to electric engineers whenever they need it.

Both are usually full-time occupations.

High school students who wish to have a future in this industry should take mathematics courses, which are available to them.

You become an electrical engineer by earning at least a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. To increase your job prospects, you should consider earning a PE [professional engineer] license. You can continue your study to get a master’s degree. Jobs in this field also require experience, the more you have the better!

The minimum educational requirement for electrical engineering technicians is an undergraduate academic degree. Some students join the work field as electrical technicians while they continue their studies to get their bachelor’s degree. This way, they gain experience while they are studying. This helps them gain practical experience.

Check following links for more information, these are ABET accredited programs:

1. Air Force Institute of Technology
2. Alabama A&M University
3. Alfred State College
4. Alfred University
5. Arizona State University
6. Bradley University
7. California State University, Fresno
8. Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi
9. The Citadel
10. United States Air Force Academy

Currently, there are around 320,000 electrical engineering and 150,000 electrical engineering technician jobs in the United States. The hunt for faster and efficient electrical equipment is on; this is fueling the need/demand of electric engineers. However, according to US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth in this sector is projected to be around 1% from 2014 to 2024. One of the reasons for this slow growth is that this field already has a very high number of jobs.

Engineers in this field make good annual income, between $60,000 and $147,000. The median annual pay is around $93,000.

Technicians are making approximately $44,000 to $69,000, yearly.

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