Where are the electrical engineers?

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Electrical/Electronic Engineering has long been one of the most lucrative professions, especially for a new college graduate. In recent years, a wave of development in areas such as 5G, robotics, autonomous and electric vehicles, AI (artificial intelligence) and high-end computing has created a demand for electrical engineers and newly created electronics to work on the technologies of tomorrow. In addition, utility and electrical companies, transportation, consumer electronics, and other industries are increasingly in need of the services of electrical and electronics engineers.

Silicon Valley is the region that often comes to mind first as an electrical and electronics engineering job center, but this area, identified by the BLS as San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, is not the primary employment center for EEs. That honor belongs to California’s sister city, Los Angeles, where EEs are employed in a variety of industries, including aerospace. Another little surprise: Austin, Texas, often considered a hotbed of EE jobs, isn’t on the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ top 10 list. But two big cities in Texas, Dallas and Houston, are.

A breakdown of the metropolitan areas that employ the most EEs, along with median salaries, follows.

Spencer Chin is editor of Design News and covers electronics beat. He has many years of experience in the development of components, semiconductors, subsystems, power and other facets of electronics, both from a business/supply chain perspective than technological. He can be reached at [email protected]

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