Electrical and electronics engineers held about 294,000 jobs in 2010.
Electrical and electronics engineers worked primarily in engineering services firms, electric power generation, manufacturing, and research and development in 2010:
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||22%|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||10%|
|Electric power generation, transmission and distribution||10%|
|Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing||7%|
|Scientific research and development services||5%|
Electronics engineers work mostly for the federal government, semiconductor manufacturing, and telecommunications companies. Industries employing the largest number of electronics engineers in 2010 were as follows:
|Federal government, excluding postal service||14%|
|Wired telecommunications carriers||11%|
|Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing||11%|
|Architectural, engineering, and related services||8%|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||8%|
Electrical and electronics engineers generally work indoors in offices. However, they may visit sites to observe a problem or a piece of complex equipment.
Most of these engineers work full time, and overtime is not uncommon.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition