There wasn’t much for an Electrical Engineer to do about a hundred years ago, and there definitely wasn’t such thing as an Electronic Engineer. But with all of today’s gadgets and gizmos, it’s a pretty big field that we all rely on pretty heavily. Electrical Engineers work with power sources – how to get power to the defroster in your car or the monitor of your laptop (and how to generate the power in the first place). An Electronic Engineer develops and perfects things like GPS and other electronics. For either, a bachelor’s degree is your best jumping off point.
It would be rare to meet an Electrical Engineering student who isn’t into computers and doesn’t have two or three lying around in pieces. The same goes for stereos, television sets, and just about any other gadget.
Electrical Engineering majors are tenacious problem solvers. They’re also good team players.
If you already have a super power where you conduct a lot of electricity, you probably don’t want to go into this field. The world doesn’t need you to have easy access to large power sources.
There’s no escaping the general classes of an Engineering student – math, physics, thermodynamics. But as an Electrical Engineering major you’ll get to take lab classes where you tinker and take things apart, build engines and power sources, etc. In other words, recess.
Where there’s power to be used, there’s work for an Electrical Engineer. Think cell phones, cars, computers. There’s plenty of places you could work.
Watch your grades. While chances are good you already enjoy tinkering, don’t let it interfere with your studies – good grades are pretty important to get into the classes you’ll need as an Engineer.
Buddy up. You may find that study groups will be your saving grade in this major. You’ll have a group of people to pull support from and get answers from when you’re stuck on a problem. And you may even be able to form a superhero group when one of you cracks the secret of lightening and funnels it to give you superhuman strength.