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Kavitha Vijeyavelan
12 Apr 2017 18K 2 mins Share

Electrical engineer - Career options and courses to study

Electrical engineers work in industries dealing with essential household, gadgets and office appliances. Learn where you can study Electrical Engineering abroad and what courses you can choose.

12 Apr 2017 18K 2 mins Share

If science and math excite you, and you have an urge to explore these subjects in depth and if you are curious to figure things beyond what you see and experiment with new ideas, then it is time to choose a career in engineering. And if you are the one wondering how a particular gadget works and have the talent to remove its parts, work on it and then assemble it back, then maybe the specific course for you is Electrical Engineering.

Electrical engineers are involved in the process of designing, developing and testing electronic systems; devices and equipment. They are the ones who have helped us enjoy daily devices like radio, GPS, computers, hair dryers, grinders, telephones, televison sets, etc. and live a life of luxury.

What to Study to Become an Electrical Engineer?

You will need to clear certain standardised tests like GRE before you embark on the journey of studying engineering. Check with our advisors about which exams you need to clear if you want to study Engineering abroad. 

bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering is mandatory for a career in Electrical Engineering field and in the long run you will tend to choose your specialization course for your masters program in electrical engineering or PhD at universities like the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, University of Dundee, University of Leeds and University of Liverpool.

Work Environment for Electrical Engineers

Electrical engineers are in demand in industries that manufacture essential household, gadgets and office appliances. Today with computer taking over everyone’s lives and automation taking places, the demand for electrical engineers has been on the rise. They are responsible for the process of designing, developing and implementing a product and also involved in research in order to give way to new ideas. They also face various challenges like selecting appropriate technical solutions, materials, test equipment and procedures, to the manufacture and production of safe, economical, high-performance products and services. They should know how to implement their ideas in best possible manners.

Career Options for Electrical Engineers

There are several specific branches or specializations that one can choose within the umbrella of electrical engineering. You can get into either automatic controls, computers, electromagnetic, electrical power or communication and signal processing. Academic profession is another lucrative career option for electrical engineers.

Several branches where electrical engineers can get into are as follows:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Telecom
  • Construction
  • Railway
  • Aerospace
  • Chemical
  • Electronics

Some of the popular employers hiring electrical engineers are as follows:

  • Larsen & Toubro
  • Bajaj Electricals ltd.
  • National Thermal Power Corporation
  • Indian Oil Corporation
  • National Hydroelectric Power Corporation
  • ISRO
  • Coal India ltd. 
  • SAIL
  • BHEL

According to the US BLS, there is a good career prospect for engineers who specialise in research and development. Electrical engineers' salaries vary, depending on industry standards and experience levels. Freshers can start their career with a pay of Rs 9,000 to Rs 13,000 per month and can go up to Rs 60,000 per month when they reach the managerial cadre. As you gain experience, you can become either a consultant, which is a lucrative path, or start your own company and employ future engineers.

Let us know where you would like to go abroad to study Electrical Engineering. Our advisors will help you with all details and help you with your admissions. 

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