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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2012 estimate2022 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 319349 9.43 710
United States 166,100174,000 4.7790 3,6204,410

Job outlook

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


2015 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 46.8028.4835.20 44.7156.7070.59
Alaska 55.6833.6743.50 54.3167.5078.16
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 55.3332.3641.76 54.3968.3577.73
Balance of State 62.5044.3350.58 57.8873.55*

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.


Labor Force Indicators

2014 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
29458 19.747.0 39.4
2014 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation39
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation12
UI claimants previously working in occupation4
2014 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 48
Number of job position postings 30
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 1.6

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 Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Electrical Engineering Bac
Electrical Engineering Mas

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

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Engineer Shortage: Myth vs. Reality (November 1983)