Electrical Engineering


Create robots, as long as you avoid any Skynet-type stuff.


Shmoop wouldn't exist without the help of electrical engineers, and for that, we are eternally grateful. Your computer screen, along with just about everything else that uses an electric current, came about through the hard, grueling work of electrical engineers. Tesla and Edison really did us a favor by figuring that stuff out.

This major is for especially curious people. If you've ever wondered how a radio works, you're already halfway there. On top of being curious, you also gotta have a knack for the numbers. Electrical engineers are at the forefront of technology, and are always pushing those boundaries.

We're only hoping the whole I, Robot thing doesn't happen, because a robot apocalypse would really dampen the rest of our week. However, if it does happen, we'll be looking to the electrical engineers to fix their Asimov-induced mistakes.

EE majors look real tasty in the eyes of the job market. Of all college majors, engineering offers one of the highest median pays, so if you've ever dreamt of swimming in a pool of money like Scrooge McDuck, then this is one way of achieving that. Your salary could even lead into six figures, which is certainly nothing to quack at.

Considering the tough workload and the pressure to do well, this major should definitely be taken seriously. You'll be competing with people who took apart radios, and other people who have known how batteries worked since they were three. A little healthy competition never hurt anyone.

Famous People who majored in Electrical Engineering

  • William Coolidge
  • George de Mestrel
  • Seymour Cray
  • Ray Dolby
  • William Hewlett

Percentage of US students who major in Electrical Engineering:


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