Electrical Engineers (17-2071)

Occupation description:  Research, design, develop, test, or supervise the manufacturing and installation of electrical equipment, components, or systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use. Excludes Computer Hardware Engineers (17-2061).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 302314 4.01 78
United States 178,400180,200 1.0180 3,9304,110

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 47.4128.7135.54 45.2957.5471.65
Alaska 58.6835.1243.57 56.0870.3482.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 58.6434.8843.05 56.0470.4081.66
Balance of State 70.5449.7457.00 67.7881.2797.07

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
25645 17.646.9 41.1
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation59
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation37
UI claimants previously working in occupation35
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 68
Number of job position postings 19
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.6

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Electrical Engineering BS

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Electrical Engineering BS
Electrical Engineering MEE

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)