Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Military Career

General Information

Description

Electrical and electronics engineers supervise and coordinate the research, design, development, testing, procurement, modification, and repair of electrical and electronics equipment. These systems include radar, data systems, electronic warfare devices, and electronic components of missile weapons systems. Electrical and electronics engineers also manage the personnel and equipment involved in installing and maintaining this equipment.

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Work Environment

Electrical and electronics engineers usually work in offices while planning research studies and designing electronic systems. They may work outdoors when overseeing the installation of new equipment.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
  • Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
  • Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Electrical and Electronics Engineers in the Military

31,316

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Salary

Average Salary

$80,378

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 70%
  • Master's degree 23%
  • High school 2%
  • Associate's degree 1%
  • Post baccalaureate 1%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Electrical and electronics engineers typically have a degree in engineering. Job training for electrical and electronics engineers primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Like other officers, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, military structure and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include: Combat and tactical systems and networksWeapon system electronics

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Knowledge

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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