Electrical Engineering is characterized by its diversity. Graduates of the program have gained positions in a number of specialty areas including digital circuits and VSLI and its fabrication, microprocessors and their applications, electromagnetics, communications, control systems, digital image processing, and computer engineering. Career opportunities for these specialties are available in a multitude of industries including computers, automobile, power, communications, manufacturing, pure and applied research, and biomedical and environmental fields. Within these areas, electrical engineers may work in laboratories where they design and test electronic systems or devices. Others may work in manufacturing plants where their major responsibility is the interfacing of electronic equipment with the rest of the plant. Electrical Engineering graduates are also found in areas where they serve as technical consultants, such as government, education, law, sales, or technical writing.
The following list provides examples of the opportunities available for graduates: Circuit Designer, Communications Engineer, Control Engineer, Electrical Engineer, Electronics Engineer, Engineering Manager, Computer Engineer, Power Systems Engineer, Robotics Engineer, Technical Writer, Technical Sales Associate, Industrial Technologist, and Aerospace Engineer.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of electrical engineers is projected to show little or no change from 2014 to 2024. However, the rapid pace of technological innovation and development will likely drive demand for electrical engineers in research and development, an area in which engineering expertise will be needed to develop distribution systems related to new technologies. These engineers will play key roles in new developments having to do with solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications technologies.