Agriculture & Biosystems
Mining & Metallurgical
As an electrical engineer, you could develop components for some of the most fun things in our lives (cell phones, gaming, 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.
Number of jobs in 2020
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Jobs and education
- Invent better MRI scanners, allowing doctors to see even more clearly inside a patient’s body
- Develop technology for harvesting energy from exercise machines
- Develop artificial retinas for the blind
- Work on satellite communications systems that connect people around the world
- Assist in the design, development, and production of computers, communication and navigation equipment, and comparable devices.
- Conduct diagnostic tests, monitor performance, and resolve problems related to design and function.
Real world engineering projects
Engineers Working on Solutions to Helping Paralyzed People Move Again
A group of neuroscientists and engineers gathered in 2015 to watch a man play the video game Guitar Hero. Holding the simplified guitar interface and using the fingers of his right hand he pressed down on the fret buttons and with his left he hit the strum bar. What excited the room of observers was the fact that his man had been paralyzed from the chest down and had not been able to use his hands in three years.
Oranges and Batteries
Can you get fruits and other objects to produce an electrical current that powers a lightbulb?
1. US Bureau of Labor Statistics