Electrical Engineering : Careers

Career Information and Further Study

Electrical engineers are involved in a broad spectrum of challenging activities, such as research and development, product design, manufacturing, operations, service, technical sales, marketing, consulting, education, and policy making. More specifically, Electrical Engineers provide energy solutions to light our homes; design, analyze and optimize wireless communication devices and networks that revolutionize the way we live (e.g. cellular phones, wireless networks, GPS, electronic commerce, smart rooms); advance underwater communication technologies for monitoring/sensing oceanic environmental changes; design smart software radio systems and networking protocols to facilitate ubiquitous terra-bit volume multimedia communications; develop biomedical devices and instrumentation to saves lives; use nanotechnology to produce better, faster, brighter, and stronger materials for solar cells and sensing devices; design the technology that enables customized multimedia entertainment; advance new green technologies that will power our future while protecting the environment. Electrical engineers can be found in almost all sectors of the work force. Electrical Engineering is everywhere around us nowadays (almost everything we use in our daily lives has a chip in it and implements some communication protocol and/or some sophisticated signal processing algorithm).

Alumni in Electrical Engineering have found employment in the following fields:
Circuit design
Department of Defense (Air Force, Army, Navy)
Electrical systems
Environmental protection
Medical electronics and imaging
Multimedia industry
Operation of technical systems
Patent application and review
Public policy
Power engineering
Product design
Radar Imaging
Research and development
Signal Processing Industry
Specialized software design (e.g. software radios)
Technical sales and marketing
Teaching and education
Venture capital investment
Video Technology
Wireless Communications and Networking Industry

Salary Information

Starting Salary for a BS in Electrical/electronics/communications is $60,125 according to Department of Labor 2009 data.
Factors influencing salary: Skills, experience, internship, project and design experience, geographic location, and size of company.
For electrical engineers in mid-career, the 25-75% range is $83,800 - $130,000.
Educational level influence on salary:
The average starting salary for a graduate with a master's degree is $71,455. For a graduate with a PhD, the average starting salary is $88,893.

What percentage of graduates goes on to graduate school?


What percentage of graduates goes on to find related employment?


Formal system of tracking graduates?

The department tracks graduates and communicates with them. Tracking is done by the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences Alumni Association.

Professional Society

Our professional society is the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). IEEE is the largest technical professional society with over 2.0 million technical articles, more than 144 journals and magazines and a total membership of 382,400 members with the following age distribution: 21.69% under 30 yrs, 18.3% in the range of 30-39 yrs, 23% in the range of 40-49 yrs, 19.2% in the range of 50-59 yrs, 10.8% in the range of 60-69 yrs, and 7.1% over 70 yrs.

Updated: 13 Nov 2012 06:00:57 EST