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Employment
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, electrical and electronics engineers hold about 301,500 jobs in the United States. Almost every industry has a need to employ electrical and electronics engineers.  Click here to learn about employment of electrical engineers by industry sector.

Primary Job Functions
There are hundreds of job titles which employers use to describe the job functions and responsibilities relating to electrical and electronics engineering. It is taken for granted that EE's draw heavily from mathematics. Industry job titles are not necessarily consistent from one employer to the next. Job titles often reflect a particular discipline or industry; for example, computer engineers, aerospace engineers, control systems engineers, and bioengineers.

Titles also refer to the basic functions that engineers perform, such as research, design, testing and evaluation, manufacturing and applications, maintenance and field service. Often employers refer to a specific technical specialization or technology, such as, "Software and Signal Processing Engineers for IBM / Microelectronics," to describe the kind of engineer wanted. Some engineers have titles that are associated with other functions, such as management, human resources, sales and law. A good way to ascertain commonly used job titles is to scan company web sites and employment ads placed in newspapers and other publications.

Note: Some resources in this section are provided by IEEE and the US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.
 


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