Aerospace, automotive, energy, IT and telecommunications are just some of the many sectors you can work in with a degree in electrical and electronic engineering
Jobs directly related to your degree include:
- Aerospace engineer
- Broadcast engineer
- Control and instrumentation engineer
- Design engineer
- Electrical engineer
- Electronics engineer
- IT consultant
- Network engineer
- Nuclear engineer
- Systems analyst
Jobs where your degree would be useful include:
Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.
You can gain a hands-on, practical understanding of engineering systems and the specialised industries they are used within, through work experience. Some courses offer a year out in industry, providing further opportunities to broaden your skill set and establish a network of contacts. You may also want to look into setting one up yourself during the summer months. Check the careers sections of company websites for any work experience or advertised internships.
Scholarships for electrical engineering students, which include paid summer work placements, are available through the Power Academy.
A period spent gaining work experience or shadowing can help you decide which direction to take your career.
Search for placements and find out more about work experience and internships.
Electronic and electrical engineers are highly employable and can find work in many industries, including electronics, automotive, IT, telecoms, manufacturing, power, transport, utilities and construction.
Many global electronics organisations maintain research and development facilities within the UK and Europe. Engineers based in the UK can be posted overseas to work on projects, so a willingness to travel can be important.
Skills for your CV
In the course of your degree, you develop subject-specific skills in areas such as designing and testing circuit building blocks, computer programming and computer-aided design. You also develop other core skills that are valued in many career areas including:
- the ability to use specialist knowledge creatively and innovatively to solve problems;
- pragmatism and practicality to turn a concept into reality;
- effective communication (spoken and written);
- good teamworking;
- project and time management;
- a professional approach and ability to work to an ethical code of conduct.
Electrical and electronic engineers are also in demand in other sectors, such as finance and management.
A possible course of action for some graduates is to pursue further study in a specialist field or in research. Courses include an MSc or PhD in areas such as internet engineering, nanotechnology, wireless and optical communications and telecommunications. A major source of funding for postgraduate studies in engineering is the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
An EngD is essentially an industry-based PhD, combining Doctoral-level research with training in practical skills. It is a four-year programme, in which three quarters of the time is spent working in industry.
Chartership (CEng) is also a possibility once you are working and have gained experience. For more details on becoming chartered, see the Engineering Council.
What do electrical and electronic engineering graduates do?
The top five jobs held by graduates employed in the UK include engineering professions such as electrical and electronic, but also programmers and software development professionals.
|Working and studying||2.7|
|Type of work||Percentage|
|Engineering and building||41.2|
|Technicians and other professionals||8.1|
|Retail, catering and bar work||6.8|
For a detailed breakdown of what electrical and electronic engineering graduates are doing six months after graduation, see What Do Graduates Do?
Graduate destinations data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.