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Electrical Engineers

ANZSCO ID 2333

Overview

All Electrical Engineers

  • $2,160 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 16,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.

Specialisations: Electrical Design Engineer, Railway Signalling Engineer, Signalling and Communications Engineer.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electrical or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • planning and designing power stations and power generation equipment
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and other equipment
  • developing products such as electric motors, components, equipment and appliances
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, standards and regulations relating to electric power equipment and use
  • organising and managing resources used in the supply of electrical components, machines, appliances and equipment
  • establishing delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings
  • supervising the operation and maintenance of power stations, transmission and distribution systems and industrial plants
  • designing and installing control and signalling equipment for road, rail and air traffic
  • may specialise in research in areas such as power generation and transmission systems, transformers, switchgear and electric motors, telemetry and control systems

Prospects

Pathways

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electrical or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Electrical Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    84% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Computers and electronics

    76% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Technical design

    74% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    71% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Physics

    58% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  6. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Mechanical

    55% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Customer and personal service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Production and processing

    47% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Building and construction

    31% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Law and government

    29% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    26% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Complex problem solving

    54% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  10. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  12. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Originality

    48% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  17. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Colour discrimination

    39% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    72% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    65% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Communicating with the public

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Explaining things to people

    57% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Scheduling work and activities

    54% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2071.00 - Electrical Engineers.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    85% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Frequent decision making

    76% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  15. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    69% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  17. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Contact with the public

    67% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Competition

    59% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Physically close to people

    59% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    86% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2071.00 - Electrical Engineers.

All Electrical Engineers

  • $2,160 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • 16,600 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 91% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 39 years Average age
  • 7% female Gender Share

Electrical Engineers design, develop and supervise the manufacture, installation, operation and maintenance of equipment, machines and systems for the generation, distribution, utilisation and control of electric power.

Specialisations: Electrical Design Engineer, Railway Signalling Engineer, Signalling and Communications Engineer.

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electrical or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Tasks
  • planning and designing power stations and power generation equipment
  • determining the type and arrangement of circuits, transformers, circuit-breakers, transmission lines and other equipment
  • developing products such as electric motors, components, equipment and appliances
  • interpreting specifications, drawings, standards and regulations relating to electric power equipment and use
  • organising and managing resources used in the supply of electrical components, machines, appliances and equipment
  • establishing delivery and installation schedules for machines, switchgear, cables and fittings
  • supervising the operation and maintenance of power stations, transmission and distribution systems and industrial plants
  • designing and installing control and signalling equipment for road, rail and air traffic
  • may specialise in research in areas such as power generation and transmission systems, transformers, switchgear and electric motors, telemetry and control systems

You need a bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electrical or a related field to work as an Electrical Engineer. Postgraduate studies may also be useful.

Registration may be required in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Electrical Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and technology

    84% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Computers and electronics

    76% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Technical design

    74% Skill level

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  4. Mathematics

    71% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. Physics

    58% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  6. Education and training

    57% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  7. English language

    57% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  8. Mechanical

    55% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  9. Clerical

    51% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  10. Customer and personal service

    49% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  11. Administration and management

    48% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  12. Production and processing

    47% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  13. Chemistry

    38% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  14. Personnel and human resources

    31% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  15. Building and construction

    31% Skill level

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  16. Public safety and security

    30% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  17. Law and government

    29% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  18. Communications and media

    29% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Economics and accounting

    26% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  20. Telecommunications

    25% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    61% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active listening

    57% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  3. Critical thinking

    57% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Using maths to solve problems.

  5. Writing

    55% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  6. Complex problem solving

    54% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  7. Speaking

    54% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  8. Monitoring

    50% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Science

    50% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  10. Active learning

    48% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  11. Systems evaluation

    48% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  12. Operations analysis

    46% Skill level

    Understanding needs and product requirements to create a design.

  13. Coordination with others

    46% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Judgment and decision making

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  15. Systems analysis

    46% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  16. Time management

    46% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  17. Social perceptiveness

    45% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  18. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  19. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  20. Negotiation

    41% Skill level

    Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Written comprehension

    68% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  2. Oral expression

    64% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Oral comprehension

    63% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Problem spotting

    61% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Written expression

    59% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  6. Deductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  7. Inductive reasoning

    57% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  8. Sorting or ordering

    57% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  9. Mathematics

    57% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  10. Brainstorming

    52% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  11. Working with numbers

    52% Skill level

    Add, subtract, multiply, or divide.

  12. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  13. Originality

    48% Skill level

    Come up with unusual or clever ideas, or creative ways to solve a problem.

  14. Near vision

    46% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  15. Speech recognition

    46% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  16. Visualization

    46% Skill level

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  17. Speech clarity

    45% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  18. Flexibility of closure

    45% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  19. Selective attention

    45% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  20. Colour discrimination

    39% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    77% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Making decisions and solving problems

    75% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  3. Collecting and organising information

    74% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  4. Thinking creatively

    72% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  5. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    72% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Researching and investigating

    68% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  8. Communicating within a team

    68% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  9. Looking for changes over time

    66% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  10. Checking compliance with standards

    65% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  11. Drafting, laying out, and specifying parts

    65% Skill level

    Detailing and describing how devices, parts or equipment are to be made, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  12. Building good relationships

    64% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  13. Monitoring people, processes and things

    63% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  14. Working with computers

    62% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  15. Documenting or recording information

    61% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  16. Communicating with the public

    60% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Explaining things to people

    57% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Checking for errors or defects

    54% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  19. Scheduling work and activities

    54% Skill level

    Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.

  20. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    52% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2071.00 - Electrical Engineers.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Electronic mail

    99% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    95% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Face-to-face discussions

    93% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  4. Telephone

    91% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  5. Teamwork

    91% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  6. Being exact or accurate

    85% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  7. Freedom to make decisions

    84% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  8. Contact with people

    83% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  9. Unstructured work

    81% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  10. Spend time sitting

    81% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  11. Impact of decisions

    76% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  12. Frequent decision making

    76% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  13. Lead or coordinate a team

    72% Important

    Lead others to do work activities.

  14. Responsible for outcomes

    71% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  15. Time pressure

    70% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  16. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    69% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  17. Letters and memos

    68% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Contact with the public

    67% Important

    Work with customers or the public.

  19. Competition

    59% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

  20. Physically close to people

    59% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Working conditions

    79% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  3. Independence

    76% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  5. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  6. Support

    62% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    90% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    86% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    52% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Enterprising

    43% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  5. Creative

    29% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Helping

    14% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2071.00 - Electrical Engineers.
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