Computers, Tech & Engineering - Electrical Engineering
If your eyes light up at the thought of a career working with electronics, a degree in Electrical Engineering may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Electrical Engineering students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7 years). An associate degree is usually obtained in two years and is less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. In this field, an associate degree typically leads to employment as an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician while someone earning a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering typically goes on to become an Electrical and Electronics Engineer. Master's degrees usually lead to management positions.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Experience working with electronics through a job or an extracurricular club/organization is also highly valued. Each school has its own specific requirements, making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a school.
Career Opportunities After Earning An Electrical Engineering Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Electrical Engineering include:
- Electrical and Electronics Engineer
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician
- Information based on national data, not school-specific information. Conditions in your area may vary.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Electrical and Electronics Engineer was $101,250 in 2019 (1) while Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians earned a median salary of $65,260 in 2019 (2).
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on the career chosen but on geographical location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
Careers associated with these educational opportunities often require additional degrees and certifications not offered as part of the educational opportunities presented by this website.