Electrical engineering, a field of engineering that mostly deals with study of electronics, applications of electricity and electromagnetism.
What an Electrical engineer actually does?
Mainly, an electrical engineer would work in designing and testing electrical equipment and systems (power generators, control systems, and communication systems). They implement electrical components into many number of electric devices. While designing various projects they also the provide with cost estimates. Their work is mainly focused on
- safety; and,
Sub disciplines of this field include:
- Signal processing
Educational Requirements for Electrical Engineering
For just starting with your career a student would usually require a bachelor’s degree in engineering would just be sufficient; whereas, master’s degree would definitely be helpful. In most countries your degree must be accredited like in US from Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), and about 2-4 years of work experience along an examination that is a “must pass” in a government job especially.
Pro: High-level Salary and other Benefits
Undoubtedly, electrical engineers are paid a lot with an average annual income, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, of $60,000 along with many benefits that include health, holidays and retirement plans.
Con: Limited Employment Growth
Job growth of this field is something very disheartening that is just by 2% from 2010-2018 and with many more electrical engineers, the competition grows and getting a job gets even tougher.
Pro: Job Flexibility
This job being wide range is one of the most flexible jobs, unlike a specialist that has no choice, but electrical engineers can, where they can work in a variety of industries including computer, aerospace, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries.You can also change your field within electrical engineering.
Con: Ongoing Education Required
For becoming a successful electrical engineer and availing all services / high salary in addition to consistent progress and past experience you first need to have master’s degree, and oftentimes a doctoral degree as well because of the intense competition and rapidly changing technologies.
Conclusion : Made any decision?
If you have a passion for electrical engineering and after reading the pros and cons, it is up to you that your passion can out weigh the cons. While making this decision it is important to keep in mind that whether you are able to do the job and if you have any uncertainties you can contact electrical engineers and discuss their job personally with them as this is a one time decision with which you need to stand-by the rest of your whole life in most cases.
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