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Electrical Engineers

Work Environment

At some companies, a five-day, 40-hour workweek is still the norm, but it is becoming much less common. Many electrical engineers regularly work 10 or 20 hours of overtime a week. Electrical engineers in research and development, or those conducting experiments, often need to work at night or on weekends. Workers who supervise production activities may need to come in during the evenings or on weekends to handle special production requirements. In addition to the time spent on the job, many electrical engineers also participate in professional associations and pursue additional training during their free time. Many high-tech companies allow flex-time, which means that workers can arrange their own schedules within certain time frames.

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