This is the twelfth instalment in a series of blogs that provide information on occupational roles that employers struggle to fill. In this article we take a look at the role of electrical engineer.
What does an electrical engineer do?
Electrical engineers work on projects with other workers like civil engineers, architects and engineering technicians. Amongst other things, electrical engineers:
- carry out feasibility studies;
- draw up plans and circuit diagrams;
- test installations and systems;
- analyse test data.
Where electrical engineers work:
Electrical engineers work in many sectors and for big and for small companies. You could work in the transport industry, manufacturing, construction, power, telecommunications – you name it!
How do you get into electrical engineering?
Most electrical engineers begin their career with a relevant, accredited degree but it is possible to begin your career with a foundation degree or HND (you may need to do further training).
The kind of work skills that you’ll need as an electrical engineer are:
- maths, science and IT
- the ability to make and understand technical diagrams
- analytical / problem solving skills
- decision-making skills.
Electrical engineering – The labour market
The electrical engineering workforce is projected to grow by 6.1% over the period to 2024, creating 2,700 jobs and at the same time, 23.7% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 10,400 more job openings. Read more about engineering careers.
The average starting salary for an electrical engineer is between £20,000 and £25,000.