Electrical engineering careers
Electrical engineering careers offer strong prospects in many parts of the world. In Australia, for example, the government reports unemployment rates for electrical engineers below average, comparatively high earnings, and predicts continued strong jobs growth up to 2016-17.
In the US, the Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted 6% jobs growth between 2010 and 2020. This is slower than the overall growth rate predicted across the economy, largely due to slow growth rates predicted in many manufacturing industries which employ electrical engineers.
However, the Bureau forecasts rising demand in sectors such as computer systems design, wireless technology, and general research and development.
Other major employment sectors for graduates of electrical engineering degrees include:
· Power generation and supply
· Transport infrastructure maintenance and development
· Communications and media
· Computer hardware and software design
· Science and technology research
Within each of these industries, positions are available in research and development, design, and testing and maintenance. Career progression could mean taking on supervisory and management roles.
For both research and management roles, graduate-level education can help to accelerate career progression, giving students the chance to gain additional expertise and skills.
In terms of salary expectations, those in the electronics sector tend to earn more. The US Bureau of Labor reports the average annual salary for electronics engineers in the US was just over $90,000 in 2010, compared to $84,540 for electrical engineers.
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