Here's Why You Should Work in Electrical Engineering

Written by: Georgina Bloomfield
Published on: 17 Jun 2016

Whether you like it or not, we’re living in (and for the most part, embracing) a modern, fast faced world that’s driven by electronics. The industry will always be needing people to innovate and develop new electronic systems and gadgets. The demand is constant in nearly every sector, so you can guarantee you’ll see jobs posted anywhere from the rail industry right through to the aerospace industry. Here are a few more points as to why you should consider a career in electrical engineering:

Electrical Engineers work in lots of different areas. Labs, offices, mines, power plants and more. They’re needed to design, plan, and supervise multiple projects. On site work is equally as important, but it won’t be your only work environment in this sector.

Areas such as defence need adaptable workers who can work in various environments. If you can’t stand monotony, keep reading - electrical engineering is probably right up your street.

If you’re new to the engineering and technology industry, this is can be a good thing. The industry frequently needs a fresh mind set to help keep it going and to stay revolutionary. As a graduate, your chances of getting into electrical engineering are quite good if you’re creative and have lots of ideas and methods up your sleeve.

There’s a huge benefit to the large demand for electrical engineers - the need is worldwide. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to travel with such a versatile qualification. A lot of electrical engineering jobs allow you to work in various places a few times a year too.

There’s a good element of job security in the world of electrical engineering. The industry might have a demand for fresh thinking, but there’s an equal demand for experience and skills that you’ll only be able to acquire on the job.

It’ll never get boring. New electrical devices (industry and consumer based) are invented every day. By the time you’ve invented or developed something, it’ll be out of date by the next day. Things are changed around and new ideas for improvement and further innovation are always needed, and you’ll have a good time by being part of the next pioneering piece of technology.

However, you will need the following attributes:

  • The ability to analyse problems and find solutions quickly using both theory and practical solution methods
  • Organisational, communication and teamwork skills
  • To be able to design and explain your designs clearly to people who won’t always understand your thought process
  • Be aware of budgets and manage them well
  • Have an understanding of the latest health and safety (and security) regulations in your workplace
  • Patience and perseverance
  • Be able to work to tight deadlines

Not every job is perfect, and a career in electrical engineering is no exception. The hours may be long sometimes to ensure deadlines are met. There are also a lot of complex tasks that are undertaken, so a well-focused mind is essential. There are a large amount of employers you could move around with within the sector – e.g. National Rail or the Royal Air force. See our electrical engineering sector here to see the latest jobs.

There’s a decent salary involved depending on the industry and your level of experience. On average an experienced (and chartered) electrical engineer can earn around £45,000 a year. If you want to be more specialised, you may need further qualifications. Some colleges offer distance learning courses as the sector is primarily IT focused. The IET is also a great resource for information, courses and contacts for the electrical engineering sector.

There are three things you can guarantee by choosing a career in electrical engineering: A good wage, job security and variety. If these are the main qualities you’re looking for in a job, then don’t look any further and apply today!

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