Occupation Summary

Electrical Engineers

O*NET 17-2071.00


Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use.

Annual Wages:
Employment Rate:
Employment is expected to increase by 18.28%.
Education Level:
Bachelor's Degree. According to O*Net, the majority of people employed in this occupation have this level of education.

  1. Confer with engineers, customers, or others to discuss existing or potential engineering projects or products.
  2. Design, implement, maintain, or improve electrical instruments, equipment, facilities, components, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, or domestic purposes.
  3. Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform engineering tasks.
  4. Direct or coordinate manufacturing, construction, installation, maintenance, support, documentation, or testing activities to ensure compliance with specifications, codes, or customer requirements.
  5. Perform detailed calculations to compute and establish manufacturing, construction, or installation standards or specifications.
  6. Plan or implement research methodology or procedures to apply principles of electrical theory to engineering projects.
  7. Prepare specifications for purchases of materials or equipment.
  8. Supervise or train project team members as necessary.
  9. Investigate or test vendors' or competitors' products.
  10. Oversee project production efforts to assure projects are completed on time and within budget.
  11. Prepare technical drawings, specifications of electrical systems, or topographical maps to ensure that installation and operations conform to standards and customer requirements.
  12. Plan layout of electric power generating plants or distribution lines or stations.
  13. Assist in developing capital project programs for new equipment or major repairs.
  14. Compile data and write reports regarding existing or potential electrical engineering studies or projects.
  15. Collect data relating to commercial or residential development, population, or power system interconnection to determine operating efficiency of electrical systems.
  16. Conduct field surveys or study maps, graphs, diagrams, or other data to identify and correct power system problems.
  17. Design electrical systems or components that minimize electric energy requirements, such as lighting systems designed to account for natural lighting.
  18. Develop systems that produce electricity using renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, or biofuels.
  19. Integrate electrical systems with renewable energy systems to improve overall efficiency.
  20. Estimate labor, material, or construction costs for budget preparation purposes.
  21. Investigate customer or public complaints to determine the nature and extent of problems.
  22. Inspect completed installations and observe operations to ensure conformance to design and equipment specifications and compliance with operational, safety, or environmental standards.

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National Industry Employment Patterns

Industry % of Electrical Engineers employed Annual Growth Rate
Semiconductor and electronic component mfg. 6.4 0.41
Electronic instrument manufacturing 6.2 -0.44
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 4 0.13
Computer systems design and related services 3.6 1.89
Electrical equipment manufacturing 2.8 0.00

Labor Market Information

2018 Statewide average hourly wage $51.08
2018 National average hourly wage $48.85
2016 National employment 188,300
2016 Texas employment 14,451
Texas projected employment by 2026 17,092
Texas projected annual employment and Turnover openings through 2026 1,251

* Due to confidentiality rules, not all regions may have the data displayed. The sum of all the regions may not be equal to the state total.

Top 10 Relevant Knowledge Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Engineering and Technology
Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Production and Processing
Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

Top 10 Relevant Skill Areas Relevant Importance Levels
Reading Comprehension
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving
Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Critical Thinking
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Active Learning
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Operations Analysis
Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
Using mathematics to solve problems.

Top 10 Relevant Abilities Relevant Importance Levels
Oral Comprehension
The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension
The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity
The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning
The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Written Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering
The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility
The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Oral Expression
The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Inductive Reasoning
The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Near Vision
The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Interacting With Computers
    -- Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information
    -- Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
    -- Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Analyzing Data or Information
    -- Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
    -- Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Other Activities

  • Advise clients and customers on technical matters
  • Advise internal stakeholders on technical matters
  • Analyze business problems
  • Analyze current and historical utility costs
  • Analyze engineering data
  • Analyze engineering design problems
  • Analyze non-design engineering problems
  • Analyze project proposals to determine feasibility, cost, or time
  • Analyze residential or commercial energy performance
  • Analyze scientific or investigative findings
  • Analyze technical designs or specifications
  • Analyze technical feasibility of energy saving measures
  • Analyze technical problems
  • Apply hazardous materials information
  • Appraise personal property or equipment
  • Approve product design or changes
  • Attend professional conferences and events
  • Bid work projects
  • Calculate differential equations
  • Calculate energy efficiency or power output of systems
  • Calculate engineering specifications
  • Calculate potential for energy savings
  • Collaborate with professionals or peers from other disciplines and backgrounds
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to incorporate requirements into contracts
  • Collect scientific or technical data
  • Communicate technical or scientific information
  • Compare findings with specifications and standards
  • Compile numerical or statistical data
  • Compute product or materials test results
  • Compute production, construction, or installation specifications
  • Conduct performance testing
  • Confer with engineering personnel
  • Confer with manufacturing personnel
  • Confer with potential and existing customers about energy efficiency improvements
  • Confer with research personnel
  • Confer with vendor representative
  • Connect electrical equipment to power circuit
  • Construct electrical parts or fixtures
  • Convert design specifications to cost estimates
  • Coordinate manufacturing of electrical or electronic equipment
  • Coordinate project-related activities with employees and contractors
  • Create drafting or mechanical drawings
  • Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables
  • Delegate authority for engineering activities
  • Design aircraft or aerospace equipment
  • Design computer hardware systems
  • Design construction projects
  • Design control systems
  • Design data processing systems
  • Design data security systems
  • Design electro-mechanical equipment
  • Design electronic equipment
  • Design industrial or manufacturing machinery
  • Design instruments for scientific research
  • Design manufacturing processes or methods
  • Design mechanical tools or devices
  • Design power equipment
  • Design telecommunication equipment
  • Design transmission equipment
  • Design transporting processes
  • Design waste recovery methods
  • Determine effects of pollution
  • Determine energy consumption of systems, structures, appliances, or devices
  • Determine factors affecting production processes
  • Determine regulatory limitations on project
  • Determine specifications of product, project, or service
  • Develop complex computer databases
  • Develop engineering policies, procedures, or standards
  • Develop management control systems
  • Develop new products based on scientific research
  • Develop operational budgets
  • Develop plans for programs or projects
  • Develop project performance objectives
  • Develop simple operational data repositories or databases
  • Develop system requirements
  • Direct civil engineering projects
  • Direct scientific, research, or investigative studies
  • Dispose of hazardous materials and waste
  • Draw prototypes, renderings, plans, or maps to scale
  • Edit documents for completeness, accuracy, or conformance to standards
  • Employ statistical process control procedures
  • Estimate construction project costs
  • Estimate costs of design or construction materials
  • Estimate engineering project costs
  • Estimate materials or labor requirements
  • Estimate project costs
  • Estimate project time requirements
  • Evaluate costs of completed projects
  • Evaluate equipment for compliance with standards
  • Evaluate manufacturing or processing systems
  • Evaluate permitting and grid connections
  • Evaluate product design
  • Examine telephone transmission facilities to determine equipment requirements
  • Explain complex mathematical information
  • Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
  • Implement pollution control techniques
  • Implement robotics systems technology
  • Improve quality by utilizing Total Quality Management or other quality techniques
  • Improve test devices or techniques in manufacturing, industrial or engineering setting
  • Inspect electrical installation for code conformance
  • Inspect facilities or equipment for regulatory, fire code, or fire hazard compliance
  • Inspect products or systems for regulatory compliance
  • Inspect project site and operations to determine compliance
  • Install communication line switching devices
  • Install electrical fixtures or components
  • Install electrical or electronic cables or wiring
  • Install electronic equipment, components, or systems
  • Install electronic power, communication, or control equipment or systems
  • Install generating plant equipment
  • Install power or communication lines and cables
  • Install security equipment or systems
  • Integrate field notes into technical drawings
  • Interpret ability or achievement test results
  • Interpret information from blueprints, diagrams, schematics, or technical drawings
  • Interpret information from maps or drawings for architecture, construction, or engineering projects
  • Investigate customer complaints
  • Lay out electrical wiring for buildings or facilities
  • Lead engineering teams
  • Maintain complex computer databases
  • Maintain physical security of classified data
  • Manage material resources
  • Manage projects to keep within time, cost, and quality guidelines
  • Modify electrical or electronic equipment
  • Operate computers to enter, calculate, access, and retrieve data
  • Operate high voltage apparatus
  • Oversee testing or construction of prototype
  • Perform continuing education to maintain licenses, certifications, qualifications, and knowledge currency
  • Perform cost benefit analysis
  • Perform machining operations
  • Perform quality assurance testing
  • Perform safety inspection
  • Perform scientific research
  • Perform statistical analysis or modeling
  • Perform tests to assess compliance with standards
  • Perform varied measurements including precision measurements
  • Plan layout of electrical or electronic installation
  • Plan production processes
  • Plan scientific, research, or investigative studies
  • Plan testing of engineering methods
  • Prepare cost estimates
  • Prepare technical or scientific reports
  • Read detailed electronic design specifications
  • Read manufacturing outlines for electronic products
  • Recommend solutions to technical problems
  • Repair power or communication lines
  • Research information using library or Internet
  • Review codes and specifications
  • Review engineering information from data or reports
  • Review traffic routing or control plans
  • Set-up electronic systems test equipment
  • Signal directions or warnings to coworkers
  • Solder electrical or electronic connections or components
  • Solve engineering or science problems
  • Splice electric or communications cables or trunk lines
  • Supervise subordinate personnel or contractors
  • Test data communications systems
  • Test electrical or electronic systems or equipment
  • Test electrical or electronic wiring or fixtures
  • Test engineering project equipment
  • Test operation of malfunctioning machinery
  • Test operation of vehicles before or after repair
  • Train workers in use of equipment or computers
  • Troubleshoot electrical or electronic equipment problems
  • Write business project or bid proposals
  • Write product performance requirements
  • Write technical specifications for computer systems
  • Write technical specifications for software or applications

  • Achievement
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
  • Working Conditions
    - Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.


Accelerometers: Accelerometers;

Capacitance meters: Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters;

Computer servers: Computer servers;

Corona treaters: Cylindrical corona testers;

Diffractometers: Diffractometers;

Digital camcorders or video cameras: Digital video cameras;

Electrical frequency meters: Noise figure meters;

Electronic measuring probes: Parameter analyzers;

Flow sensors: Electrical flow meters;

Frequency analyzers: Spectrum analyzers;

Frequency calibrator or simulator: Frequency drives; Signal analyzers;

Frequency counters or timer or dividers: Frequency counters;

Ion implantation equipment: Reactive ion etch systems;

Isolation glove boxes: Glove box systems;

Laboratory balances: Microbalances;

Laboratory evaporators: Filament evaporators; Metal evaporation systems; Vacuum system/thermal evaporators;

Laboratory safety furnaces: Oxidation furnaces; Diffusion furnaces; Annealing furnaces;

Laser measuring systems: Laser ranging systems;

Laser printers: Laser printers;

Level generators: Pulse generators;

Magnetic spin bars or stir bars or stirring beads: Spinners;

Metal markers or holders: Electrochemical etching devices;

Microwave core equipment: Microwave automatic load-pull tuners;

Multimeters: Multimeters;

Network analyzers: Network analyzers;

Notebook computers: Laptop computers;

Oscillographs: Sweep oscillators;

Oscilloscopes: Digital oscilloscopes; Mixed signal oscilloscopes; Sampling oscilloscopes;

Personal computers: Personal computers;

Plotter printers: Plotters;

Power meters: Microwave power meters;

Pyrometers: Pyrometers;

Reactors: Plasma reactors;

Scanning electron microscopes: Scanning electron microscopes SEM;

Scanning probe microscopes: Scanning tunneling microscopes STM; Atomic force microscopes;

Semiconductor process systems: Electron beam evaporators; Fog chambers; Linearization testbeds; Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems; Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems; Photolithography equipment; Plasma ashers; Spin-coaters; Tube etchers; Vacuum chambers; Wafer steppers; Wet chemical clean benches; Wire bonders;

Signal generators: Signal generators; Vector signal generators; Synthesized continuous wave CW generators; Programmable function generators;

Spectrographs: Imaging spectrographs;

Spectrometers: Electrochemical CV dopant profilers; Auger electron spectrometers; Photoluminescence spectrometers; Spectrometers; Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS; X ray photoemission spectrometers;

Surface testers: Profilometers;

Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers: Rapid thermal annealers RTA;

Thermocouples: Thermocouples;

Thickness measuring devices: Ellipsometers;

Transistor circuit testers: Universal microwave transistor test fixtures;

Transistor transistor logic TTL: Pattern generator systems;

Tube furnaces: Doping tubes; Tube furnaces; Oxidation tubes; Vertical furnaces;

Voltage or current meters: Pulsed current-voltage IV analyzer; Digital voltmeters DVM;

X ray generators: X ray guns;


Analytical or scientific software: APLAC Solutions Corporation software; Automated material handling software; Availability prediction modeling software; Circuit simulation software; Digital timing diagram editing software; Dynamic object-oriented requirements system DOORS; ETAP software; Electronic engineering calculator; Embedded systems testing software; Failure mode and effects analysis FMEA software; Failure mode effects and criticality analysis FMECA software; Failure reporting analysis and corrective action FRACAS software; Fault modeling software; Fault tree analysis FTA software; Electromagnetic analysis software; Finite difference time domain FDTD software; Finite element method FEM software; Functional verification software; Hewlett-Packard HP Semiconductor Parameter Analyzer; Isograph Markov; Life cycle cost software; Logic synthesis software; Matrix calculation software; Mean time between failures MBTF software; Mean time to failure MTTF software; Mentor Graphics ModelSim; Microwave circuit simulation software; Minitab software; Optimization software; Power analysis software; Powersim PSIM; ReliaSoft Weibull++ 6; Reliability analysis software; Synopsis Design Compiler; Synopsys PrimeTime; Systems analysis programs for hands on integrated reliability evaluation software SAPHIRE; Tektronix EZ-TEST; Test automation software; The MathWorks MATLAB; The MathWorks Simulink; Time and motion analysis software; Signal integrity simulation software; Simulation program with integrated circuit emphasis SPICE;

Computer aided design CAD software: ViewLogic software; Zuken E3.schematic; Schematic design entry software; Printed circuit board design software; PTC Creo Parametric; Physical design software; OrCAD Capture; Mento Graphics software; MAGIC layout editor; Floor planning software; Electronic design automation EDA software; Field programmable gate array FPGA design software; Cadence Allegro Design Entry software; Cadence Encounter Test; Chip design software; Dassault Systemes CATIA software; Computer aided design CAD software; Computer aided design and drafting CADD software; Bentley Microstation; Agilent Advanced Design System ADS software; Autodesk AutoCAD software; Autodesk Revit;

Computer aided manufacturing CAM software: Computer aided manufacturing CAM software; Rapid prototyping software;

Development environment software: Programmed logic controller PLC code generation software; VHSIC hardware description language VHDL; Verilog; C; Altera hardware description language AHDL; Ada; Advanced boolean expression language ABEL; Eclipse IDE software; Hardware description language HDL; National Instruments LabVIEW; Microsoft Visual Basic; Microsoft Visual Studio;

Enterprise resource planning ERP software: SAP software;

Graphics or photo imaging software: Microsoft Visio;

Industrial control software: Wonderware InTouch HMI;

Object or component oriented development software: Sun Microsystems Java; Python; Practical extraction and reporting language Perl; JHDL; C++;

Office suite software: Microsoft Office software;

Operating system software: Microsoft Windows Server; Linux; UNIX;

Presentation software: Microsoft PowerPoint;

Program testing software: Debugging software; Defect tracking software;

Project management software: Microsoft Project; Oracle Primavera Enterprise Project Portfolio Management software;

Requirements analysis and system architecture software: Requirements management software;

Spreadsheet software: Microsoft Excel;

WAN switching software and firmware: ATD protocol; X.25 Protocol;

Word processing software: Microsoft Word;

Related O*NET occupational titles for Electrical Engineers include:
  • 17-2011.00 Aerospace Engineers
  • 17-2061.00 Computer Hardware Engineers
  • 17-2072.00 Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • 17-2199.03 Energy Engineers
  • 17-2111.02 Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers
  • 17-2112.00 Industrial Engineers
  • 13-1081.01 Logistics Engineers
  • 17-2141.00 Mechanical Engineers
  • 17-2199.07 Photonics Engineers
  • 17-2199.02 Validation Engineers

Sources of Additional Information
  • For information about general engineering education and career resources, visit: American Society for Engineering Education
  • Technology Student Association
  • For more information about licensure as an electrical or electronics engineer, visit: National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying
  • National Society of Professional Engineers
  • For information about accredited engineering programs, visit: ABET
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
  • Radio Frequency Identification Device Specialists

  • Contact Texas Workforce Commission
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    Official Website  |  1-800-822-PLAN (7526)  |  512.936.3200

    ** The information in this report may be derived from many sources like O*NET, BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics), OOH (Occupational Outlook Handbook), and Career One Stop.