What is electrical engineering?

Electrical engineers design, develop, and test electrical equipment. The broad field of electrical engineering involves working with all manners of electronic devices, from pocket calculators to supercomputers. Often overlapping with computer engineering, a college degree in electrical engineering can open up the door to a technical career in almost any industry. Since technology is always changing and expanding, the need for electrical engineers is always growing.

Like any other kind of scientist, electrical engineers must also know how to communicate their ideas to others in their field. A successful electrical engineer possesses not only an understanding of his area of concentration, but also a broad grasp of engineering in general. This is why most electrical engineering degree programs begin with the fundamentals of engineering itself. Once the student has mastered these fundamentals, he/she can start to focus on a specialty.

Why should I consider majoring in electrical engineering?

You might like this major if you like to tinker with things (putting things together; taking them apart; making them work), music, ham radio, and computers.

What will I learn from studying electrical engineering?

Most electrical and communications engineering programs begin with an introduction to the design process that stresses engineering fundamentals, and suggests some of the careers you might puruse after graduation. You also start with mathematics, physics, and some chemistry courses that are the basis for many engineering courses you will take later on.

What interests and values are related to electrical engineering?

  • Attention to detail
  • Creativity
  • Math
  • Organizing
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Special thinking/analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Writing skills

What career fields are related to electrical engineering?

  • Scientific research and development firms
  • Electrical component manufacturing companies
  • Power generation, distribution, and transmission
  • Manufacturers of navigation controls, medical equipment, and measurement devices
  • Architectural firms

How can I learn more about electrical engineering?

Occupational Outlook Handbook  
DISCOVER Career Guidance and Information System  

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