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Graduate jobs for electronic and electrical engineers

Electronic and electrical engineering graduate jobs

As an electronic and electrical engineering student, you will have plenty of options when you graduate. However, the two most obvious choices are:

  • Apply to the formal graduate schemes run by the larger engineering employers in the UK. Applications for these open in September each year; deadlines vary from company to company, but typically fall between November and February. Some employers offer specialist electronic and electrical engineering programmes, whereas others will recruit lots of different engineering disciplines onto one general engineering graduate programme.
  • Look for an entry-level graduate job with a smaller engineering employer. The good news is there are loads of small- and medium-sized engineering firms in the UK. These vacancies are advertised as and when the opportunities arise, so keep an eye out all year round. Read our advice on how to find jobs with small engineering firms.

Don’t limit yourself to just the jobs labelled ‘electronic and electrical engineer’; you may be surprised to learn how many jobs are open to electronic and electrical engineering graduates. Others jobs you can apply to include systems engineer, software engineer, test engineer and design engineer. All of the vacancies on this page are open to electronic and electrical engineers.

What industries can electronic and electrical engineers work in?

According to senior engineers, electronic and electrical engineers are sought in the following industries. Click on the ones that interest you to read each engineer’s overview of their sector, including what’s happening in their area at the moment, what working life is like and how to get into their field.

Electrical engineers are also sought by the chemicals industry, while the telecoms industry hires electronics engineering graduates.

Becoming professionally registered

Once you join an employer, it’s likely that you’ll be encouraged to become professionally registered as an incorporated engineer or chartered engineer. It’s common for electronic and electrical engineers to do so through the Institution of Engineering of Technology, but the Engineering Council, which sets and maintains the standards for the engineering profession, licenses 39 professional engineering institutions to assess candidates for inclusion on the national register of professional engineers and technicians.

Head to our article on becoming a chartered or incorporated engineer for more information.

Electronic and electrical engineering salaries

If you join a big engineering employer’s graduate scheme, your starting salary is likely to be between £24,000 and £30,000. However, some employers pay more than this. If you join a smaller employer, your salary may be a bit lower than with a well-known company; between £18,000 and £26,000 is common.

The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey for the 2016/17 academic year, which questioned graduates approximately six months after they graduated, reports that the mean starting salary for engineering and technology graduates was £26,173. This figure covers graduates working in engineering and those who had moved on to other fields.

For more information on engineering salaries, head to our engineering graduate salary round-up .

What other careers can I get into with an electronic and electrical engineering degree?

It’s not uncommon for engineering graduates to have a change of heart and switch fields completely. If you're educated in engineering but looking for a career in another field, it's a good idea to consider jobs that use your existing expertise but expose you to different industries, like: science journalism, technical publishing, teaching, academia and lecturing and so on. Other career opportunities for electronic and electrical engineering graduates include: