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What do electrical engineers do vs computer scientists?

  1. Mar 22, 2012 #1
    I'm kind of wondering what electrical engineers do, is it similar to computer science? Or is it much more working with like hardware, and designing chips? I know they probably make circuits but is that all they do?
     
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  3. Mar 23, 2012 #2

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    Electrical engineering is a big field, with many sub-disciplines. Some EE's design chips, like you said. Others design products from ready-made components, such as IC's and discrete transistors, diodes, etc. Still others work with electrical power systems - generators, electrical transmission lines, etc. Computer scientists tend to be more narrowly focused, but there is some overlap.

    Wikipedia has a nice list of EE sub-disciplines:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrical_engineering#Sub-disciplines
     
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