Career Path Forecast
to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
electrical engineers are expected to have employment growth of 2 percent
between 2008 and 2018. Although strong demand for electrical devices --
including electric power generators, wireless phone transmitters,
high-density batteries, and navigation systems -- should spur job
growth, international competition and the use of engineering services
performed in other countries will limit employment growth.
Electrical engineers working in firms providing engineering expertise
and design services to manufacturers should have better job prospects.
Electronics engineers, on the other had, are expected to experience
little to no employment change over the same projections decade.
Although rising demand for electronic goods -- including communications
equipment, defense-related equipment, medical electronics, and consumer
product -- should continue to increase demand for electronics
engineers, foreign competition in electronic products development and
the use of engineering services performed in other countries will limit
employment growth. Growth is expected to be fastest in service-providing
industries -- particularly in firms that provide engineering and design
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by
IEEE and the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.