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Electrical Engineer

Industry: Energy
Area: Wind Power

Wind power is today's most rapidly growing renewable power source - up 25% from 2004. Wind power presents several new challenges for electrical engineers. Inherent characteristics in the technology such as uncontrollable wind source fluctuations and incompatible turbine speeds require different generator types and pose technical issues not encountered with conventional thermal, hydro, or nuclear power. These differences affect wind power's integration into power grids. These difference barriers may be fundamental, or may be technically overcome at higher costs. Electrical engineers will provide the theoretical insight and practical experience to shape wind power's impact on power systems. Electrical Engineers work in many different settings, most often as a matter of choice and career planning. They differ in the type of workplace, the problems to be solved, and work schedule. Early-career engineers tend to spend more time doing testing lab and field work than their more experienced colleagues.

Education

To become an electrical engineer, it is necessary to have at least a Bachelor's degree electrical engineering.

Job Outlook

Electrical Engineers should have good job opportunities, and employment is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014. Job growth is expected to be fastest in service-providing industries--particularly consulting firms that provide expertise in electronics engineering.

Salary

Experienced Electrical Engineers can make between $50,000 and $80,000 per year depending on educational level and experience.

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