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Electrical Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Designs, develops, and tests products and systems that use or produce electricity, including power generators, electric motors, radar and navigation systems, and communication systems. Works on larger electrical systems rather than small electronic products or devices.

Job Outlook

There were 1250 Electrical Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 48018 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Electrical Engineer industry, which includes the Electrical Engineer (General) career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Electrical Engineer (General) jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $87,032.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $81,628.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Electrical Engineer (General) postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $76,861.

Education and Experience

Posted Electrical Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree71%
Master's Degree28%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other0%

Posted Electrical Engineer (General) jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years22%
3 to 5 years46%
6 to 8 years16%
9+ years17%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Electrical Engineer (General) positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (35%)
  • Troubleshooting (21%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
  • Problem Solving (18%)
  • Planning (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Electrical Engineering (58%)
  • Project Management (24%)
  • Electrical Systems (16%)
  • Electrical Design (12%)
  • Engineering Design and Installation (10%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Budgeting (20%)
  • Scheduling (18%)
  • AutoCAD (15%)
  • Calculation (13%)
  • Schematic Diagrams (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Mechanical Engineering (4%)
  • Wiring Diagrams (3%)
  • Medium Voltage (3%)
  • Prepare Engineering Calculations (3%)
  • ETAP Software (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Electrical Engineer (General) skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Electrical Engineer
  • Senior Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Project Manager
  • Electrical Engineer II
  • Project Engineer

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Electrical Engineer (General) jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Black & Veatch (1135)
  • Raytheon (1001)
  • Northrop Grumman (883)
  • Actalent (557)
  • CDM Smith (461)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (28)
  • Sargent & Lundy (21)
  • Raytheon (21)
  • Actalent (20)
  • Duke Energy Corporation (19)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!