Electrical engineering, in general, is a highly popular career choice. This is largely due to the field providing a wide range of exciting challenges, as well as job satisfaction and good financial rewards. With more and more looking into becoming an electrical engineer, colleges and universities are responding positively by providing the relevant programmes and courses needed to train the next generation.
The word engineering is a wide umbrella that covers a vast variety of job opportunities in many mediums. Those who fancy being an engineer need to weigh up the choices and decide which branch they are best suited. Electrical, electronic, software and civil are just a few of the branches of engineering that play a vital role in today's society. Choosing the best area for you to specialise in very much depends on what you would like to get out of your engineering career.
An electrical engineer is at the very heart of developing and implementing new installations. So, if you have that kind of leaning, as well as a scientific bent, then this may well be the career for you. It goes without saying that those interested in this field will shine at maths and physics. Bringing all these aspects together makes for the ideal candidate to take on engineering with a view to qualifying as a fully fledged electrical engineer.
In the Autumn of 2012 the BBC stated that there was a serious looming shortage of properly qualified engineers in all parts of the country. In particular, there was a definite disproportion of male engineers compared to female, with women being grossly under represented in the field.
Another factor is the general swing towards green engineering. This is throwing up a whole host of new and interesting opportunities for budding engineers, who may have an interest in the new technologies that will power our less oil reliant future.
A whole host of new regulations and goals set up by government and industry means that companies are actually desperate for new blood with the engineering experience to help build a greener engineering future.
The process to becoming fully qualified is a long one. Once you have gained your engineering degree there is still a long way to go, with disciplines such as the NICEIC Part P course and the 17th Edition course. If you have the desire to be an engineer but don't want to spend years in the classroom, then electrical engineering may not be for you, and you may be better off looking at one of the other branches where the training process is shorter.
The key to choosing the best career for you, is to do your homework. Ensure you fully explore the area of engineering that you are interested in and which best suits your own personality traits. The last thing you want to do is undertake training in a specific sector unless you are 100% sure that you will stick with it and make a go of it once you have your qualifications. For those who have the drive and motivation, being an electrical engineer is one of the most satisfying careers you can have, but it isn't for everyone.