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Electrical Engineering Question

  1. Jun 13, 2010 #1
    I was wondering if anyone could give me some feed back on how much programming an electrical engineer does on an average week?

    I've talked to my professors and have gotten mixed answers, the general consensus I got when deciding between computer and electrical engineering was go electrical engineering if you dislike programming but you'll do it if you have to. I must say after learning java, and some of C, I do dislike programming, so i would like to get an idea of how much programming an electrical engineer does on average.

    I do understand there are different jobs that would dictate the amount of programming you would do on any given job, but if there is anyone out there that could give me some idea, I'd sure appreciate it.
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  3. Jun 13, 2010 #2

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  4. Jun 13, 2010 #3
    If you can't offer any help, don't bother replying.
  5. Jun 13, 2010 #4
    You answered your own question. Your professors gave you a general idea of how much programming you'll be doing. But since you can't be bothered to think for yourself, I'll d the thinking for you. On average, EEs have to put in 30hrs of programming during a week, with a margin of error of 80%.
  6. Jun 13, 2010 #5
    I'm actually looking for examples of different jobs electrical engineers that view this forum have had and how much programming they have done on a weekly basis. I know its pretty obvious that its different for each job, which is why I was hoping for examples. Thanks for being insanely rude about it though.
  7. Jun 13, 2010 #6
    You are welcome. You could have phrased th original question in the above manner and you could have avoided being rude to the first person that replied to you. Hopefully, professional electrical engineers will answer your question; you may also visit the electrical engineering subforum to gather information.

    Good luck in your search!
  8. Jun 13, 2010 #7
    Thanks for the tip.
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    There are over 400,000 electrical engineers in the United States alone, so there is a huge amount of variation. I worked as an electrical engineer for a couple of decades, and I saw electrical engineering jobs that ranged from virtually 100% programming to 0% programming. But whether you are programming or not, you will almost certainly spend a lot of time using a computer.
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