Electrical Engineer at a Glance

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  • 2023

Average Salary for Electrical Engineer

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Best States for Electrical Engineer

in 2011
Annual Salary
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 7,520 $101,750 $49
Alabama 4,020 $89,830 $43
Alaska 630 $104,360 $50

Becoming an Electrical Engineer

Most entry level electrical engineering jobs require at least a bachelor's degree in the field. In addition, many employers prefer to hire candidates with work experience. Therefore, it can be highly beneficial to select a program that incorporates internships or other structured work experience into the curriculum. These programs should also be ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) Certified.

Most programs in electrical engineering will require four years of full-time study. Students should expect a combination of survey, seminar, laboratory, and field work courses. Below are just a handful of possible course topics for those studying to become electrical engineers:

  • Circuits
  • Calculus
  • Signals and Systems
  • System Design

After graduating and gaining some professional experience, electrical engineers may opt to earn their professional engineer (PE) license. This requires the completion of an ABET-accredited program, a sufficient score on the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam, work experience, and a passing score for the Professional Engineering (PE) exam. Some states may then require engineers to take continuing education courses to maintain this licensure.