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Electrical Engineer (General)

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

An Electrical Engineer 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 2426 Electrical Engineer (General) job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 79974 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 2015:

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 $97,253.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $90,513.

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 $85,794.

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 Degree3.72%
Bachelor's Degree77.35%
Master's Degree22.84%
Doctoral Degree6.31%
Other2.2%

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 years18.91%
3 to 5 years45.01%
6 to 8 years16.75%
9+ years19.34%

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 (39.61%)
  • Troubleshooting (Problem Solving) (23.04%)
  • Management (19.25%)
  • Problem Solving (17.86%)
  • Coordinating (17.85%)
  • Leadership (17.16%)
  • Writing (17.02%)
  • Operations (16.38%)
  • Planning (15.77%)
  • Research (14.3%)

Defining Skills

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

  • SKM (Power System Software) (7.92%)
  • AutoCAD (22.92%)
  • Power Distribution (13.24%)
  • Printed Circuit Board (8.68%)
  • Electrical Engineering (86.73%)
  • Electrical Systems (23.41%)
  • Project Management (23.38%)
  • Short Circuits (7.21%)
  • Electric Power Systems (17.23%)
  • Human Machine Interfaces (7.69%)
  • Transformers (Electrical) (6.51%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Computer-Aided Design (9.4%)
  • Project Engineering (4.77%)
  • Automation (10.77%)
  • Electrical Wiring (7.32%)
  • Autodesk Revit (10.81%)
  • Control Systems (11.92%)
  • Construction (10.64%)
  • Engineering Design Process (15.48%)
  • Electrical Equipment (9.32%)
  • Procurement (8.44%)
  • Debugging (7.83%)
  • Electronics (10.08%)
  • High Voltage (7.81%)
  • Machinery (3.58%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers (10.72%)
  • Mechanical Engineering (7.82%)
  • Systems Design (7.3%)
  • New Product Development (8.87%)
  • Commissioning (6.82%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Medium Voltage (4.43%)
  • Analog Electronics (3.35%)
  • Engineering Calculations (5.73%)
  • Arc Flash (3.02%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (5.55%)
  • Motor Control (4.44%)
  • Control Engineering (3.38%)
  • Circuit Design (5.05%)
  • ETAP (6.88%)
  • Electric Power Distribution (4.18%)
  • National Electrical Safety Code (4.53%)
  • Electrical System Design (3.08%)
  • Switchgear (4.99%)
  • Hardware Design (3.46%)
  • Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) (5.41%)
  • National Electrical Codes (5.39%)
  • Printed Circuit Board Design (3.89%)
  • Low Voltage (6.65%)
  • Load Flow Analysis (3.52%)
  • Material Selection (3.65%)
  • Electrical Substation (3.27%)
  • One-Line Diagram (5.26%)
  • Wiring Diagram (5.21%)
  • Programmable Logic Controllers Programming (3.81%)
  • Schematic Capture (4.83%)
  • Microcontrollers (3.42%)
  • Power Electronics (3.36%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Medium Voltage (9.35%)
  • Microcontrollers (7.22%)
  • SKM (Power System Software) (16.7%)
  • Power Electronics (7.08%)
  • Analog Electronics (7.06%)
  • Circuit Design (10.65%)
  • Electrical System Design (6.5%)
  • Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) (11.71%)
  • Hardware Design (7.28%)
  • Load Flow Analysis (7.42%)
  • National Electrical Safety Code (9.56%)
  • Printed Circuit Board Design (8.2%)
  • Electric Power Systems (36.31%)
  • Schematic Capture (10.18%)
  • Transformers (Electrical) (13.73%)
  • Short Circuits (15.2%)
  • Electrical Substation (6.89%)

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
  • Controls Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Principal Electrical Engineer
  • Transmission Line Engineer
  • Lead Electrical Engineer
  • Electrical Engineering Intern
  • Electrical Power Engineer
  • Electrical Systems Engineer
  • Staff Electrical 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

  • Actalent (4501)
  • Black & Veatch (2857)
  • Raytheon Technologies (1757)
  • Sargent & Lundy (1064)
  • CDM Smith (993)
  • Randstad (985)
  • GPAC (786)
  • L3Harris Technologies (738)
  • ManpowerGroup (717)
  • Jacobs Engineering Group (708)

North Carolina

  • Black & Veatch (287)
  • Actalent (224)
  • Sargent & Lundy (62)
  • Siemens (39)
  • Randstad (37)
  • Pike Electric (36)
  • Kiewit Corporation (33)
  • Leidos (30)
  • CDM Smith (29)
  • Kelly Services (23)

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!