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Electrical Engineering Schools

As a professor or instructor of electrical engineering classes at one of the 751 accredited electrical engineering schools in the country, you play a significant role in shaping the education, and, in effect, the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in electrical engineering academia which includes electrical engineering training at the following levels:

  • Electrical Engineering Certificate
  • Associates degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Masters degree in Electrical Engineering
  • PhD degree in Electrical Engineering


Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Electrical engineering professionals

314,010 311,260 317,000 305,710 296,520
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

In the year 2010, there were 296,520 electrical engineering professionals working in the US. This number has shrunk by 6% over the course of the past 4 years.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers between the years 2006 and 2010, which was 1%. This trend is expected to contine until the year 2018.

National Salary percentiles for Electrical engineering professionals

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Electrical engineering professionals in the US earned a median salary of $70,290 per year in 2010. The median yearly salary for electrical engineering professionals in the US was 6% more than that for all professions, which was $68,155 per year.

National Median Salary Growth For Electrical Engineering

$63,295 $65,690 $67,700 $68,965 $70,290
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

There has been a 11% growth in electrical engineering professionals' salaries from 2006 to 2010.

Educational Trends

National Electrical Engineering Student enrollment growth by degree

7,294 9,285 8,920 8,927 7,713
16,298 15,546 14,684 13,886 2,332
1,863 2,048 2,006 1,819 19
8,266 7,860 8,742 9,478 74
1,674 1,763 1,702 1,938 1,674
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Grey: Certificate in Electrical Engineering

The career outlook for electrical engineering professionals is showing a rapid change. And, on the educational front, the story is similar. In the year 2006 there were 35,395 students who graduated from electrical engineering degree programs across the country, while in the year 2010, there were 11,812 students graduating from electrical engineering schools.

This represents a 67% change in the number of graduates. This decline in the number of students graduating from electrical engineering courses is greater than the 12% growth nationally for students graduating from institutions of higher learning in general.

Electrical Engineering Programs offered Nationwide


The number of schools offering electrical engineering programs has decreased. There were 973 electrical engineering schools across the country in 2006. And there were 751 schools in 2010.

Electrical Engineering Faculty Salaries

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