25 October, 2019

Electrical Engineers: Popular Focus Areas

Electrical engineers design, develop, test, supervise and optimize electrical systems and equipment. But there is a lot more to it than that. The electrical engineering field spans industrial and commercial industries as well as academic and scientific arenas. In addition to the flexibility to work in many different sectors, the latest Bureau of Labor statistics (BLS) data predicts steady growth (7 percent through 2026) in demand for electrical engineers.

Electrical Engineer Skills

While there are many electrical engineering positions open for people with undergraduate degrees, a Master of Science in electrical engineering provides even greater career opportunities by enhancing key skills and offering practical experience in optimizing electrical systems. Electrical engineers need a wide range of skills to be successful—including knowledge of electrical systems theory and principles, critical thinking, the ability to translate theoretical knowledge into practical application and proficiency in common engineering tools like CAD software and MATLAB.

With GW’s online electrical engineering degree, graduates will have opportunities to develop the expertise they need to push their careers forward today and to adapt to the profession as it advances. Furthermore, all of GW’s online engineering master’s programs include a course in project management, helping graduates better position themselves for leadership roles.

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Electrical Engineering: High-Demand Focus Areas

The online electrical engineering program at GW is designed with three focus areas that align with industry demand:

  • Electrical Power and Systems
  • Signal and Image Processing, Systems and Controls
  • Communication and Networks

Curious what earning a Master of Science in electrical engineering online can do for you? Check out our infographic below to learn more about the type of work available to master’s graduates, where demand for electrical engineers is highest and some of the latest electrical engineering innovations.

Focus Areas for Electrical Engineers

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About GW’s Online Master’s Degrees in Engineering

George Washington University offers a comprehensive selection of online master’s in engineering programs. The programs are designed with the same curriculum as the on-campus degrees and with a focus on positioning graduates for career advancement. GW offers the following programs in a 100% online format:



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