Electric Engineer

Ethan Dahlen

Electric Engineer Specs.

Core Tasks

    • Sign electronic components and equipment
    • Determine the type, quantity, and cost of materials
    • Use CAD software to lay out system components
    • Test systems to make sure they perform as required
    • Some install electronics or provide technical support


    • $57,000 and $133,000 a year for most
    • The median is about $89,000 a year
    • Earnings depend on education, experience, and position
    • Some companies provide annual bonuses

    Work Place

    • Employed by manufacturing companies, engineering consulting firms, and government agencies
    • Work mainly in offices or labs; some work in factories
    • A lot of work is done at a desk, in front of a computer
    • Most work a 40-hour week, but overtime is sometimes necessary


    • A bachelor’s degree in electrical or electronics engineering
    • A master’s degree or PhD is often required for senior and advanced research positions
    • Register as a Professional Engineer (PE)

    Pros and Cons


    • You get to innovate for the future
    • You get to work with other people with similar skill sets
    • You get paid a lot


    • Long hours
    • Stress about new product launches and releases
    • Conflicting views with others