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​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​