The broad field of electrical engineering involves working with all manners of electronic devices from pocket calculators to supercomputers. Often overlapping with computer engineering, a college degree in electrical engineering can open up the door to a career in almost any industry. Through an understanding of the ways electricity is generated and controlled electrical engineers specifically design, develop, and test electrical equipment. Like any other kind of scientist, they must also know how to communicate their ideas to others in their field. A successful electrical engineer possesses not only an understanding of his or her area of concentration, but also a broad grasp of engineering in general. This is why most degree programs offering electrical engineering begin with the fundamentals of engineering itself. Electrical engineering students learn through a combination of design and lab work. This mix of theoretical and practical application allows students to think things through and then apply their ideas in a variety of real life situations.
- Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
- Electrical Engineer
- Plant Manager
- Production Control Specialist
- Operations Supervisor
- Design Engineer
- Project Manager
- System Engineer
- Measurement Engineer
- Test Engineer
- Customer Service Engineer
- Computer Support Specialist
- Power Distribution Engineer
- Industrial Machinery Mechanics
- Electrical Appliance Repairer
- Line Installers
- Communications Equipment Mechanic
- Electronics Repairer
- Semiconductor Processing Operator
Sample Work Settings
- Government Agencies
- Consulting Engineering Firms
- Utility Companies
- Private Laboratories
- Industrial Firms
- Manufacturing Firms
- Telecommunications Firms
- Computer Firms
- Georgia Power Company
- Southern Company
- Gulfstream Aerospace
- Lockheed Martin
- Burns & McDonnell
- Hargrove Engineers + Constructors
- Georgia-Pacific LLC
- Southern Nuclear
- Acuity Brands
- Jordan and Skala Engineering Inc.
- Atronix Engineering Inc.
- US Navy
- Technical Associates
- Electrical Design Consultants
- WestRock Company
Connecting Majors, Skills, and Occupations
- View learning outcomes associated with your major in the Georgia Southern Academic Catalog:
- Explore the connection between occupations and skills in O*Net:
- Use Handshake to upload your résumé and explore internships and jobs. For more information:
To explore values, interests, and skills:
FOCUS 2 bit.ly/focuscareer
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) – $15
Self Directed Search – $15
To explore occupational outlooks and salaries:
National Compensation Survey
National Association of College and Employers (NACE)
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Association of Energy Engineers
Georgia Southern Student Organizations
SAE Eagle Motorsports
Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
- Complete an Electrical Engineering internship/co-op.
- Join a student organization.
- Seek out research opportunities.
- Include ABET accreditation in the Education section if you are obtaining an undergraduate degree.
- Include project experiences such as senior capstone project.
- Include technical skills such as Python, C++, & Java.
- Include professional associations such as IEEE.
Last updated: 5/31/2013