Online Electrical Engineering Master’s Degree

Overview

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An online electrical engineering master’s degree can help electrical engineers advance their career through increased technical knowledge in the specialty of their choice.

The degree program can be completed entirely online and is designed for working professionals. Most programs typically require students to have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or a related field.

Course Work

Potential specializations
Computer software systems
Electronic power and energy
Electromagnetics
Radiation systems and microwaves
Microelectronics and nanotechnology

In an electrical engineering online master’s degree program, students can specialize in sub-fields such as signal processing and communication systems, electronics, electronic and integrated circuits and microelectronics. Core classes incorporate advanced technical knowledge, theory, research and applications.

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Job Outlook

Median salaries*
Electronics engineer $71,000
Electrical engineer $71,300
Computer software engineer, systems $79,000
Hardware engineer $83,000
Senior electrical engineer $98,000
Analog integrated circuit engineer $101,000

*per PayScale.com

The United States will have about 2.4  million vacant jobs in the science, technology, engineering and math-related industries, the so-called STEM fields, between 2008 and 2018, according to a report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

It’s no surprise then that the unemployment rate for electrical and electronics engineers in 2012 was only 3.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates should look for employment in growing fields such as wireless telecommunications, computer systems design and clean technology.

Median salaries range from about $71,000 for electronics engineers to about $98,000 for senior electrical engineers. Analog integrated circuit engineers can make more than $100,000 annually, according to PayScale, an online salary database.

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