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Job Market for Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Posted February 13, 2015 12:00 AM by sanasyed24

In industry, Electrical and Electronics engineers provide technical services and support in the design, development, production, testing and operation of electrical equipment and electronic systems. Being an engineer, you may work independently or in a team. Typically, the industries that hire electrical and electronics engineers include communication companies, consulting firms, electrical utilities, equipment manufacturers, transportation and processing companies.

Employment Requirements

If you want to pursue your career as an Electrical or Electronics engineer, then you need to consider a few important aspects. Firstly, you should have a bachelor's degree in engineering. Some engineers pursue it further by doing master's or doctoral degrees. Secondly, your practical experience is of great significance for the employers. Therefore, you should participate in structured work experience and cooperative engineering programs. Also, your chances of finding employment as an engineer improve if you have a professional engineer license.

Qualities for Employment

If you are a student in this field, you may not have a job lined up before you graduate like previously, but you will find plenty of exciting and promising opportunities. There are a few important qualities that will increase your chances of employment.

§ Electrical and Electronics engineers need to design and develop complex systems. Therefore, you should have the ability to concentrate to keep track of technical characteristics and multiple design elements for performing complex tasks.

§ You should be initiative and able to apply your academic knowledge to the practical work. Interpersonal skills are necessary, so that you are able to work in a team.

§ Your engineering education includes study of math and you must be able to use those mathematical principles for designing, analyzing and troubleshooting systems.

§ Speaking skills are also very important because you may need to clearly explain your design and convey instructions to the other engineers and technicians during system development and production.

Job Outlook

Earlier, the job market was phenomenal for Electrical and Electronics engineers. Now, there are not many opportunities in the field, but they are not even scarce. From 2012 to 2022, the predicted employment rate will increase by 4 percent. You can expect job growth in engineering service firms and computer systems design because of your versatility to develop and apply emerging technologies. Conversely, the decline in manufacturing sectors will temper the employment growth. However, your demand will likely increase in research and development with the rapid growth of technological development and innovation.

References

http://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineers.htm#tab-4

http://www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/labourmarket/ojf/pdf/2241_e.pdf

https://www1.cfnc.org/Plan/For_A_Career/Career_Cluster_Profile/Cluster_Article.aspx?articleId=HjgoW2ugpQxwzXAP2FPAXwrXf4rwAXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX&cId=0q3r9oTaRaM7wIWlpu1rhQXAP3DPAXXAP3DPAX§ionId=3

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02/13/2015 6:41 PM

That's all fine and well and if you are even lucky, having those attributes just might get you an interview.

However, what separates the men from the boys, women from the girls, and the small furry creatures from Alpha Centauri from the stuffed toys at Walmart are these five traits:

1. Suitability and Ability - Is this the right job for your skillset?

2. Willingness - You have to really, really want the job, not just need a job. Remember, you are up against a long list of other applicants.

3. Teamwork & Manageability - You not only have to be able to work and play well with others (and their quirky personalities), but you also have to be manageable. That means you are not going to be your boss's nightmare that keeps him up at night.

4. Be Professional - Hey, this is a professional job and you need to act the part and carry yourself with manners and civility. These also include drive, motivation, communication skills, team chemistry, energy level, determination, confidence, problem solving, reliability, respect, integrity, teamwork, leadership, and a spirit of wining.

5. Understanding the core of what a job really is. Everyone's job is really the same. We are all problem solvers at the root of it. You could be a surgeon, policeman, deliveryman, congressman, or a telemarketer, but everyone is there to solve problems.

Of all of these I have found that the most important attributes are working well with the team and a drive to succeed with every project given.

I have turned down better technical people to individuals that click with our team and have a drive to excel. To me that is more important because any technical knowledge that is lacking can be learned.

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03/23/2015 10:43 PM

Really great advice AH. Although I would say #2 'Willingness' is most important to getting and keeping the job. If one has that overwhelming willingness and is agile (adapts easily) they can meet the Suitability, Ability, Teamwork & Manageability requirements. Although understanding we are all problem solvers is important, but goes with the core trade of engineering, so a no brainer.

The second most important one, in my opinion is #4 'Be Professional'. When I do an online background search and see someone is being a smart ass here on CR4 for example, there is no way I am hiring regardless of their technical abilities. So I guess its a tie between adaptability and professionalism. Like you said any technical knowledge that is lacking can be learned.

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03/24/2015 9:13 PM

GA! But, I'd like to add...

Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty - just like Petty Officer 3rd Class Moore is in the photo. Heck, your first job might not even be in Engineering - it might be in Maintenance.

And ask yourself the same type of questions I ask potential hires... When things break in your home (you accidentally rip the cord out of your vacuum) do you break out the wire strippers and soldering gun or the checkbook?

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