Electrical Engineering Careers Profile | Kelly Services
Electrical Engineering Careers Profile
With our reliance on technology and electronics, there’s always plenty of opportunity within the electrical engineering industry for people who are creative and can innovate within the sector. The growing renewable energy sector is also creating many opportunities for electrical engineers who wish to specialise.
What Is An Electrical Engineer?
It’s the role of an electrical engineer to design, develop and maintain electrical systems. This will need to be done to required specifications and with a focus on economy, reliability, safety and sustainability. An electrical engineer will be involved in all stages of a project from conception, feasibility studies and cost estimating through to final testing – and in many cases the ongoing maintenance.
What’s The Outlook For The Sector?
One area you could specialise in is that of renewable energy – a high growth sector. As businesses realise that sustainable development is key to their success and long-term performance it supports the growth of the sector and presents new opportunities and career paths. Data analysis from IRENA (International Renewable Energy Agency) suggests that renewable energy will create up to 28million jobs by 2050.
Is It The Right Career For Me?
It’s not often considered to be a creative role but there’s a surprising amount of imagination demanded of an electrical engineer. If you’re brimming with ideas and methods to do things better you’ll go far. It also offers a high level of flexibility – electrical engineers are required in many different environments, not just onsite. You could find yourself working in a workshop, factory, laboratory, on rail lines or on a production line. The demand for workers is global, so if you like the idea of travelling there’s plenty of scope for foreign travel. The work is varied – the role offers something more than a monotonous 9-5pm.
What Skills And Experience Are Required and What Could I Earn?
You can significantly boost your chance of landing a job as an electrical engineer if you have a relevant degree or professional qualifications. If at a later date you think you may wish to achieve the status of IEng (incorporated engineer) or CEng (chartered engineer) then look for a degree course that is accredited by a professional body such as the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Without a degree or a HND or Foundation Degree, you won’t be able to achieve full engineer level. As well as the qualifications, you’ll also need to show an aptitude for problem-solving and analytical skills; have the up-to-date technical knowledge, be able to multi-task, project manage and be skilled in communicating technical information to people. As an electrical engineer, you can expect an average annual income of £31,191. Working within the renewable energy sector an energy engineer could earn an average of £29,749, while a power engineer would typically receive a salary annually of £37,593.
How Can Kelly Help Me?
At Kelly we strive to find the perfect role for each of our candidates, taking into account their skills, experience, ambition and career plans. We have excellent relationships within the engineering sector and a skilled team of recruiters to make this happen. Check out our latest jobs or contact us.