Why Study Electrical and Computer Engineering?

What is Engineering?

Electrical engineers and computer engineers are problem-solvers who want to make things work more efficiently and quickly and less expensively. From computer chips and satellites to medical devices and renewable energy technologies, engineering makes our modern life possible. In particular, electrical engineers and computer engineers have a wide range of study options and career paths that let them design, build, and manage those ideas into reality.

Ten key industry sectors employ electrical engineers and computer engineers:

  • Aerospace
  • Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
  • Computers
  • Education and Research
  • Energy and Electrical Energy
  • Manufacturing
  • Semiconductors
  • Services and Other Professions
  • Telecommunications
  • Transportation and Automotive


Electrical engineers conduct research, and design, develop, test, and oversee the development of electronic systems and the manufacture of electrical and electronic equipment and devices. From the global positioning system that can continuously provide the location of a vehicle to giant electric power generators, electrical engineers are responsible for a wide range of technologies.* 

Electrical engineers have made remarkable contributions to our world. They helped invent the computer, DSL, cellular phones, microchips, and solar panels–to name just a few examples. DVD players, cellular phones, radio, television, computers, airplanes, space vehicles, cars, motorcycles, home appliances, life-saving medical equipment, computer games, and Martian battles fought with joysticks represent a mere sampling of the now familiar facets of life made possible with the input of electrical engineers.**

*Description from CareerCornerstone.org.
**Description from TryEngineering.org.

Computer engineers research, design, develop, test, and oversee the manufacture and installation of computer hardware, including computer chips, circuit boards, computer systems, and related equipment such as keyboards, routers, and printers.*

They work on the interface between different pieces of hardware and strive to provide new capabilities to existing and new systems or products. The work of a computer engineer is grounded in hardware–from circuits to architecture–but also focuses on operating systems and software. Computer engineers must understand logic design, microprocessor system design, computer architecture, computer interfacing, and continually focus on system requirements and design. It is primarily software engineers who focus on creating the software systems used by individuals and businesses, but computer engineers may also design and develop some software applications.**

*Description from CareerCornerstone.org.
**Description from TryEngineering.org.

What is the benefit of receiving an Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from Georgia Tech?

Our graduates are among the most highly sought after by industry and by top graduate schools, medical schools, and law schools. A degree from Georgia Tech's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering is a mark of distinction that is recognized and respected everywhere.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for science and engineering workers will increase three times faster than any other job category this decade, and the majority of these new jobs will be in ECE!

Last revised November 6, 2015