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Electrical engineering

As an electrical engineer, you could develop components for some of the most fun things in our lives (MP3 players, digital cameras, or roller coasters) as well as the most essential (medical tests or communications systems). This largest field of engineering encompasses the macro (huge power grids that light up cities, for example) as well as the micro (including a device smaller than a millimeter that tells a car’s airbags when to inflate). As an electrical engineer, you might work on robotics, computer networks, wireless communications, or medical imaging—areas that are at the very forefront of technological innovation. Electrical engineers have made remarkable contributions to our world. Electrical Engineers helped invent the computer, DSL, cellular phones, microchips, and solar panels – to name just a few! DVD players, cellular phones, radio, television, computers, airplanes, space vehicles, cars, motorcycles, home appliances, life-saving medical equipment, computer games, and Martian battles fought with joysticks represent a mere sampling of the now familiar facets of life made possible with the input of electrical engineers. There are ten key industry sectors that employ electrical engineers, computer engineers and computer scientists:

  • Aerospace
  • Bioengineering
  • Computers
  • Education and Research
  • Energy and Electric Power
  • Manufacturing
  • Semiconductors
  • Services and Other Professions
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Automotive


Career Resources

Women in Engineering
The Coalition for Science After School
American Mathematical Society
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
Association For Women In Science
NATIONAL GIRLS COLLABORATIVE PROJECT Advancing the Agenda in Gender Equity for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

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