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How challenging is a career in electrical engineering?

I want to be an electrical engineer but I know little about what I will actually be doing in class and in the field. Do the jobs get harder? How big of a degree would be good for a long term career? As a female should I even consider a career here? #engineering #higher-education #electrical-engineering #women-in-stem #women-in-tech #women-in-engineering

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Seth Daniel’s Answer

I have provided career counseling to a number of engineering students. What I learned from them is that the course work, which can include advanced mathematics, calculus, advanced physics and science, is indeed challenging. Just how challenging may depend on your natural aptitude and past performance in math and science. I do not recommend trying to excel in areas unless you have a natural affinity or strong interest in them.

If you can successfully assimilate the difficult information in your classes, you will likely find the work you do at your job to be very enjoyable, and to require a lot of problem solving. Assuming you have achieved the foundation of knowledge you need, you will have what you need to be successful as an engineer. Companies are usually pretty good at screening job candidates based on their technical skills, so once in the job you can usually expect to be assigned projects that are commensurate with your skills and training. You may decide you like that kind of work, or decide to pursue more training or formal education so you can work on more complex projects as you grow.

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bridget’s Answer

Hi Eunice,

A resounding YES! You definitely want to pursue your degree in double E (that rhymes!). :)

My sister is a EE who lives and works in Kansas City KS. Her career has been awesome! She is now a Director of Global Security for a major Defense Contractor.

I work alongside several female EEs -- in computer technology industry. Take a peek at what the Department of Labor has to say about your chosen field:

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacturing of electrical equipment, such as electric motors, radar and navigation systems, communications systems, and power generation equipment. Electronics engineers design and develop electronic equipment, such as broadcast and communications systems—from portable music players to global positioning systems (GPSs).


All the best,


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Ana’s Answer

ABSOLUTELY!!! We need more women like you in EE. When I was choosing what to study I was told "women don't do EE, it is too hard." To prove them wrong I went into this major, and not only graduated faster than most of my peers, but did it with a 3.9GPA, and now have a carreer that I love.

You should only do it if you want it. There will be long nights, challenging concepts, and at time frustrating tasks, but you can, and you should consider a carreir in EE if you so desire.

As and Electrical Engineer I have held positions as a software developer, software tester, harware project management, and product development. I have worked in some of the largest telecom companies, and traveled the world.

Best of luck Eunice!