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Where Are the Electrical Engineers?

The Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim metropolitan area is home to the most electrical and electronics engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Think beyond Silicon Valley. These U.S. cities employ the largest number of electrical/electronic engineers, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Electrical/electronic engineering has long been one of the more lucrative professions, particularly for a new college graduate. In the last few years, a wave of development in areas such as 5G, robotics, autonomous and electric vehicles, AI (artificial intelligence), and high-end computing, has created demand for newly-minted electrical and electronic engineers to work on the technologies of tomorrow. In addition, utility and power companies, transportation, consumer electronics, and other sectors increasingly require the services of electrical and electronic engineers.

Silicon Valley is the region that often comes to mind first as a center of electrical and electronics engineering employment, But that areaꟷidentified by the BLS as San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, is not the leading employment center for EEs. That honor belongs to sister California city Los Angeles, where EEs are employed in a variety of industries, including aerospace. Another minor surprise: Austin, Texas, often considered a hotbed of EE employment, does not make the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Top 10 list. But two larger Texas cities—Dallas and Houston—are.

A breakdown of the metropolitan areas that employ the most EEs, along with median salaries, follows.

Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News covering the electronics beat. He has many years of experience covering developments in components, semiconductors, subsystems, power, and other facets of electronics from both a business/supply-chain and technology perspective. He can be reached at [email protected]

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