If you enjoy working with computer hardware, medical equipment, and other electronic devices, you've probably thought about studying electronics engineering technology. Being an electrical engineering technician is an attractive career in its own right, but its required skills also open the door to a number of related careers. If you study this field, you'll have a chance to break into the following jobs:
Civil Engineering Technicians:
As a civil engineering technician, you'll work with civil engineers to design and plan buildings, infrastructure projects, and utilities. You will do most of your work in offices or laboratories, though you may occasionally have to travel to construction sites to oversee plans as they are carried out. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay in this field is $47,500 per year. The number of jobs for civil engineering technicians is not expected to change much in the next ten years. Although employers prefer to hire workers who have studied civil engineering specifically, they are often willing to hire workers with associates degrees in any engineering or engineering technology field. With a degree in electrical engineering technology, you'll be a competitive applicant for this job.
Industrial engineers travel around their workplaces, searching for ways to make the production process more efficient. They study production schedules, mechanical specifications, and quality control features, maximizing safety and productivity while minimizing costs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay in this field is $78,800 per year. The field is expected to add 10,000 jobs over the next decade. To get this job, you'll need a bachelor's degree in some engineering or engineering technology field. Prior work experience is not required.
Product designers work with businesses to design new manufactured goods and other products. In this field, you'll use computerized design programs and sketches to propose design, and may also have to build prototypes to demonstrate your new product. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics industrial product designers make a median annual wage of $59,500 per year. The job market for this field is not expected to change much over the next ten years. You'll need a bachelor's degree in some field related to engineering, design, or computers; with an electrical engineering technology degree, you're more likely to get a job designing electronic products.
Industrial Production Management:
Industrial production managers oversee factory operations. They keep their workers on schedule, make long-term plans to ensure optimal use of resources, determine when to buy new equipment, and evaluate workers to make sure that their skills are being properly used. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay in this field is roughly $90,000 per year. The job market is not expected to change much in the coming decade. To get this job, you'll need a bachelor's degree in any field related to business or engineering, as well as five years of prior work experience.
Engineering managers play a leading role in engineering firms. They plan new products, overlook and critique the designs of their staff, make budgets for new programs, and hire, assign, and oversee new workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the median pay is $127,000 per year. This field is expected to add 13,000 jobs in the next ten years. For this job, you'll need a bachelor's degree in some field related to engineering; some employers will also require you to get a master's degree in technology management (MSTM) or engineering management (MEM) before you can take the position. You will also need at least five years of related work experience.
ECPI University offers both associates and bachelor's degrees in electronics engineering technology, with the convenience and affordability that comes with online education.
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