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EIU Electrical Engineering

Careers in Electrical Engineering

Electrical Engineering is an excellent field to go into, as the job prospects are very good.  According to the occupational data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual salary for an Electrical Engineer was $101,600 in 2018. They also predict that most areas of Engineering will show more job opportunities over the next several years and Electrical Engineering will do very well in job creating.  This is shown graphically here.


You can find information about the job, the work environment, salaries, and much more at this website:


As stated in our Outcomes page, with a degree in Electrical Engineering, you can find work in a wide range of sectors including aerospace, automotive, energy, IT and telecommunications.

Job options

Here are some links to job descriptions that might inspire you:

But you are not limited to those jobs that say “Engineer” and below are some other potential career ideas that you might be a good fit to pursue.

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Work experience

You can gain a hands-on, practical understanding of engineering systems, and the specialized industries they're used in, through work experience. That is one of the reasons that we have an internship program, to broaden your skill set and establish a network of contacts. You may also want to look into setting one up yourself during the summer months. If you are setting it up yourself, you should check into the career services section of company websites for any work experience or advertised internships.

Another benefit to doing as many internships as you are able is that a period spent gaining work experience or shadowing can help you decide which direction to take your career.

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Contact Information

Dr. Steven Daniels
Physics Department Chair
Electrical Engineering Coordinator

Physical Sciences Building
Room 2131
Eastern Illinois University 600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-3220

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