Electrical Engineering Jobs - A General Overview
Electrical engineers are employed in many different fields, both by the government and in the private sector. If you're looking for a job in this industry, there are quite a few to be had. Electrical engineering itself has various sub fields, such as radio frequency (RF), power and control engineering to name a few. Electrical engineers work in a variety of locales, so flexibility is necessary for electrical engineering jobs. Computer engineering and electronic engineering are considered sub fields within this area as well, but are generally regarded as separate disciplines of their own.
Electrical engineers aren't always called by this though. At power companies, electrical engineers are often found working under different aliases, due to the breadth and prevalence of the job working there in various capacities. Other names and titles include radar systems engineer, systems engineer, product application engineer, and so on. Electrical engineering jobs often require a bachelor's degree, but supervisory positions and other management roles will require a master's degree or even a Ph.D. These jobs pay quite well, and that is a perk for many people; however, there may be some relocation involved in order to go where the jobs are.
As stated before, a bachelor's degree is required for the vast majority of entry level electrical engineering jobs. Much like other engineering disciplines, a heavy dose of mathematical and scientific knowledge is necessary, especially courses in circuits and electrostatics in physics, and linear algebra in mathematics. Since electrical engineering is a physics-heavy branch, those with degrees in physics can change careers to electrical engineering much easier than others, especially if they took several courses on topics in electromagnetism. In order to be a successful in this position, one must be able to understand how electricity behaves and moves.
Because the power field mostly deals with electricity, it makes sense that a high concentration of electrical engineering jobs would be at these particular companies. They utilize electrical engineers in ways that other companies in other industries don't, simply because their business is delivering electricity to consumers in an efficient manner. Because of this fact, for one just starting out, utility companies would be a good first place to start looking for work. Electrical engineers are employed in other industries too, including agriculture and the private sector. Those with experience are highly sought after, so if you have the experience, there will be several companies looking to hire you.
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