Electrical Engineering
Choosing the right career can mean the difference between being satisfied and being disappointed with my life. Many factors can influence the career that I may have for the rest of my life. A decision that I am going to make at the young age of nineteen will have a major impact on the next ten years if not the rest of my life. In order to make the best decision possible for my future I have decided, if not forced, to research a career of interest to me. The two major career choices I have been interested in for the past few years have been engineering and teaching. I have already done researched teaching so I decided to research engineering. There are many different types of engineering so I decided to pick the one most interesting to me. Electrical engineering is the career field I have selected to investigate.
Engineering is something my parents have urged me to consider. Since a young kid I have been interested in building things. I use to tell my parents I wanted to be an inventor and build a time machine. Legos were my favorite toy growing up, and I have always been exceptionally good in math. Since my freshmen year in high school I have been interested in becoming a teacher, but during my freshmen year in college I was becoming more and more aware of the amount of money lower level teachers made. Many people were recommending engineering as a possible career option so I decided to look into it. Since I have always found electricity to be cool I decided to learn more about electrical engineering as a future career field.
The Dictionary of Occupational Titles code for electrical engineering is 003.061-010, while the Guide for Occupational Exploration code is 05.01.01. There is another name for electrical engineers; electronics engineer. The best major to prepare me for this career would be a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. This usually only takes four years, and will get me an entry-level position in this field. There are no licenses or credentials needed for this field, but the engineering school or program attended must be accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology. Some government agencies may require an exam to be taken before receiving an electrical engineering position, but most areas of employment have no such exams. There are opportunities for specialization in this field. I could work as a contract or be an electrician on my own. Accredited Board Engineering Technology, Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers, Inc, and the Instrument Society of America are three associations that represent people working in this field.
There are numerous responsibilities and duties performed by electrical engineers. Electrical engineers design, and evaluate the manufacture, testing, installation, operation, and maintenance of electrical and electronic components, equipment and systems. They also plan and supervise their development and construction. Engineers usually specialize in one particular area. Electrical engineers work with power and light systems equipment, and machinery, with electrical motors and generators. On the other hand Electronic engineers work with electronic equipment, and develop applications for these products for different business and industries. Some of the skills necessary for carrying out these duties are good oral comprehension, originality, deductive reasoning, mathematical reasoning, problem identification, operation analysis, judgment and decision-making, and idea generation/evaluation abilities. I do not have any solid experience in this field, but I have installed light bulbs and put up Christmas lights before. Entry pay ranges from $2,163 to $3,810 per month. After gaining some experience pay can increase to anywhere from $2,219 to $4,980 per month. The average top ranges are $3,570 to over $5, 199 per month. Average pay in 1997 was $5,406 per month. To achieve these top salaries a masters is usually required.
The work environment for engineering can differ greatly depending on the type of electrical engineering I decided to go into. Most engineers work on teams and usually work in offices. They must sell their ideas and persuade people to take their coarse of action as opposed to another. The fact the electrical engineers are in competition and must meet deadlines can make electrical engineering a high-stress occupation. Contract electrical engineers will find