Everybody daydreams. Engineers are the ones who get paid to daydream and then to do what it takes to make what they imagine really happen.
That’s another even more interesting kind of power – the power to invent and design the technology that will shape the future. Think about how these inventions — the light bulb, the telephone, radio, television, the personal computer — changed the way we live and work.
Power to change the world….that’s real power.
What do electrical and computer engineers do?
Electrical engineers learn to understand and use electrical power: make it, control it, transmit it, and tame it to design and run all kinds of traditional and advanced technologies.
Computer engineers understand how to design and make the hardware that helps our newest “intelligent” tools and machines — and houses and cars – get smarter, smaller, cheaper, faster and safer.
Both specialties are critical to designing and producing the technologies — from iPods to cell phone networks — we depend on today.
And when radical new technologies appear on the horizon that will dramatically change our technological landscape, one thing is certain: they will come from the imaginations of these engineers.
How much do they earn?
Electrical engineers typically earn between $52,990 and $125,810 annually, with an average salary of $82,160. Computer engineers typically earn between $59,170 and $148,590 annually, with an average salary of $97,400.
Where you can work
Electrical and computer engineers work in every industry you can think of: film and television, aerospace, automotive, business machines, professional and scientific equipment, computers and electronics, communications, medical technology. They work in public utilities, in NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense. As researchers, they study everything from fuel cells to nanotechnology. If it’s got an on/off switch, these engineers have studied it, designed it or produced it.