Electrical engineers design the layout of electronics and other electrical components for manufactured goods. They also develop and test new components such as electric motors, navigation or communication systems, and control circuits. Designing a computer motherboard or a power station for a utility are common tasks of electrical engineers.
Modern electrical engineering also relies on computer skills to handle complex design and manufacturing software. Becoming an electrical engineer demands a strong knowledge of computer science, mathematics and task management. Outside of the technical aspects of the job, electrical engineers also create and discuss proposals for clients, prepare budgets and schedules, and manage teams of technicians or other engineers to complete a project.
Many fields fall under the category of electrical engineering, such as telecommunications, RF and power engineering, signal processing and microelectronics. The majority of electrical engineers work in a research and development role for engineering or manufacturing firms, or the government. Jobs in the field require at least a bachelor’s degree, though some specialties may require additional study. Electrical engineers rely on a variety of tools, such as multimeters, oscilloscopes and spectrum analyzers to ensure that devices are properly built and maintained. As of 2012, the median yearly salary for an electrical engineer was $89,630.