What Can You Do With A Major In Electrical Engineering?

Electrical engineers harness electrical energy for the benefit of humankind. The profession is broad and encompasses products valued by society in many technical areas from communications to electric power and energy use to those for our current "Information Age". 

Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations.


 Typical Career Paths

Automatic Controls
Digital Systems
Analog Electronics
Power and Energy Systems
Communications and Signal Processing


Typical Job Titles With A Bachelor's Degree

Assistant Plant System Manger 

Assistant Director for Scientific Affairs 

Associate Nuclear Plant Support Design Engineer 

Associate Technical Analyst 

Typical Job Titles With A Master's Degree


Advanced Manufacturing Engineer 

Advanced Nuclear Specialist 

Analytical Engineer 

Applications Engineer 

Senior Controls Engineer 


Computer Designer 

Consulting Engineer 

Sales Engineer 



General Career Directions

Applications Engineer
Computer Software Engineer
Design Engineer
Digital Signal Processing Engineer
Field Manager
Robotics Engineer
Applications Engineer


Instrumentation/Control Engineer

Power Electronics Engineer
Process Control Developer
Research Engineer
Sales Engineer
Test Engineer
Utility Support Engineer



Typical Employers/Work Settings

  • Aeronautical/Aerospace Industry
  • Architectural Firms
  • Automotive Industry
  • Biomedical Technologies Industry
  • Computer Companies
  • Construction Companies
  • Consulting Firms
  • Consumer Products Industry
  • Equipment Repair Industry
  • Glass and Metals Industry
  • Manufacturing Industry
  • Power Industry
  • Public Utilities
  • Transportation Industry
  • Scientific service companies
  • Technical services companies
  • Federal Government


Match This Major To Careers

Magnifying Glass And Exploration



Beginning Salary Ranges

Payscale.com- Typical salaries
Entry Level with a Bachelor’s Degree: $57,000 -From the Spring 2008 NACE Salary Survey (National Association of Colleges and Employers)

Salary Resources



Links To Professional Associations

American Institute of Engineers 
National Society for Professional Engineers
Society of Women Engineers



Job Search Information


http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/electrical-engineer - an in-depth guide to Electrical Engineering careers and degree program opportunities. 



Graduate Schools

Applying To Graduate And Professional Schools

Link To UNF Academic Program

The  College of Computing, Engineering and Construction  at the University of North Florida offers a Bachelor of Science in  Electrical Engineering.




Career Action Plan

  • Conduct and informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities/clubs, etc. (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoy, Fraternity or Sorority)
  • Join a professional association in this field
  • Gain experience through internships in your junior and/or senior years