What Is an Electronic Engineering Degree?
Electronics is one of the biggest industries in the 21st Century. Where would we be without our electronic devices? You rarely see anyone anymore without a mobile phone or music player in their hands and a computer in their laps. Electronics provide our entertainment, enable us to work, keep us in touch and make us well. Although the world survived until the 19th century without using electricity, we often realise today we wouldn’t survive at all without our electronic devices – or at least we think we wouldn’t.
Electronic engineers imagine and then create these devices. An electronic engineering degree prepares students for the fast-paced and fiercely competitive electronics industry. Particularly as of late, this industry has moved at a lightening pace, coming up with new devices every minute and designing vast improvement on already existing technology. This technology serves to make people’s lives better through medical equipment, entertainment devices, communications and robotics, to name a few of the numerous electronic engineering inventions. Electronic engineers create “new,” and always look for ways to “improve.”
Students obsessed with how things work are perfect candidates for an electronic engineering degree. Electronic engineering students love taking things apart and figuring out how they function. Electronic engineers are always looking for the next step forward in their technology, and they are always seeking and finding answers to the most complex problems. What drives electronic engineers is the unknown, tapping into it, and then figuring it out through complex research and design. Every electronic engineer dreams of inventing the next greatest device, and an electronic engineer degree is the first step toward harnessing the ability to do just that.
Electronic Engineering Job Opportunities
Electronic engineering students who have earned their degree are ready to begin their careers as an electronic engineer; this would be most logical path to take.
Electronic engineers work with electronic systems from development on through to building and maintenance. Many electronic engineers work with computer applications, multimedia and telecommunications. Other, and oftentimes more intensive, components in the electronic engineering field include designing satellite control systems and medical equipment, which is becoming the new hotbed of technology.
Beginning salaries for electronic engineers are surprisingly low, but have the potential to become rather lucrative as the graduate furthers his or her career. Most electronic engineers begin working at around £18,000 to £29,000; if you earn your PhD, you’ll earn a higher starting salary.
As the electronic engineer settles into his or her career, salaries increase to £35,000 to £45,000. Senior level electronic engineers earn as much as £40,000 to £55,000, and tap out at £65,000 for engineers with extensive experience.
Depending on the type of electronics the engineer specialises in, where he or she works and who he or she works for, salaries might go even higher.
Electronic Engineering Curriculum
Electronic engineering curriculum is understandably intensive in math, physics, computer engineering, communications and technology. Students will work individually and in teams learning and applying electronic engineering skills to the design, development and building of electronic equipment. Studies include classroom and laboratory work, and are designed to ensure the student receives a comprehensive and well-rounded foundation to build their electronic engineering career upon.
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