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Electronics Engineers

Electronics engineers are involved with designing, developing, testing and overseeing the manufacturing of electronic equipment for industrial, commercial, scientific, military and medical applications. They work with a wide variety of technologies including global positioning systems, portable music players, radar, televisions and communications systems.

Some electronic engineers work in fields which are closely related to computers. Electronic engineers specialize in areas including signal processing, communications or aviation electronics.

Sample job titles are product engineer, test engineer, application engineer, and integrated circuit design engineer.

Responsibilities

  • Evaluate operational systems and provide design modifications to fix equipment malfunctions or to make changes in system requirements
  • Design test control equipment
  • Evaluate the work of others for technical adequacy, effectiveness and compatibility in the resolution of complicated engineering problems
  • Determine equipment and material needs
  • Establish procedures for product testing
  • Design electronic circuits and components
  • Oversee field operations and maintenance of electronic installations
  • Provide technical support and instructions to customers and staff members regarding equipment standards
  • Inspect electronic instruments, equipment, systems and products to make sure they conform to safety standards, specifications and applicable regulations and codes

Job Characteristics

Most engineers work in offices, industrial plants or laboratories. Many engineers work 40 hours a week, however overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines. In addition, engineers often work in groups.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected little to no employment growth for electronics engineers from 2008 to 2018 due to foreign competition in the development of electronic products and companies using engineering services from foreign countries. The engineering and design services sector is projected to have the highest employment growth for electronics engineers. In addition the median annual earnings for electronics engineers in 2008 was $86,370.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Many individuals seeking a career as an electronics engineer earn a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering. Most entry-level engineering jobs require a bachelor's degree. Some of the courses provided in many electronics engineering programs are communications, electronic circuits, microprocessors, logic circuit design, electronic materials and devices, and signals processing. Most of these programs include a circuit design project.

Some individuals obtain a master's degree in electronics engineering. The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology provides accreditation for college and university engineering programs. In addition, professional certification can be beneficial for finding a job and advancing into senior technical and managerial positions.

Every state requires licensure for engineers that offer their services directly to the public. Licensure typically requires a degree from an ABET accredited engineering program, four years of relevant work experience and passing a state examination.

Resources

Major Employers

The primary employers are electronic consumer product manufacturers, engineering services, computer related companies, aviation electronics, medical equipment manufacturers and communications equipment manufacturers.

Schools for Electronics Engineers are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Electronics Engineers

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Electronics Engineers jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Huntsville 1470 $111,410
Hoover 340 $86,220
Birmingham 340 $86,220
Mobile 90 $94,070
Dothan -2222 $62,940
Florence -2222 $120,270
Muscle Shoals -2222 $120,270
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 130 $90,060
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Douglas 130 $107,100
Sierra Vista 130 $107,100
Scottsdale -2222 $78,980
Phoenix -2222 $78,980
Mesa -2222 $78,980
Yuma -2222 $98,350
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 110 $60,740
North Little Rock 110 $60,740
Little Rock 110 $60,740
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 8310 $104,360
Los Angeles 8310 $104,360
Long Beach 8310 $104,360
San Jose 6110 $126,130
Sunnyvale 6110 $126,130
Santa Clara 6110 $126,130
San Diego 4090 $113,360
Carlsbad 4090 $113,360
Hayward 3580 $112,420
San Francisco 3580 $112,420
Oakland 3580 $112,420
Thousand Oaks 1260 $106,510
Ventura 1260 $106,510
Oxnard 1260 $106,510
Arcade 1200 $107,530
Arden 1200 $107,530
Sacramento 1200 $107,530
Roseville 1200 $107,530
Riverside 960 $105,160
San Bernardino 960 $105,160
Ontario 960 $105,160
Bakersfield 670 $112,790
Santa Barbara 390 $111,220
Santa Maria 390 $111,220
Santa Rosa 230 $112,930
Modesto 70 $85,330
San Luis Obispo 70 $106,750
Arroyo Grande 70 $106,750
Paso Robles 70 $106,750
Lodi 60 $107,920
Stockton 60 $107,920
Fresno 40 $89,460
Santa Cruz 30 $89,960
Watsonville 30 $89,960
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 3770 $92,760
Denver 3770 $92,760
Aurora 3770 $92,760
Boulder 1000 $113,370
Colorado Springs 750 $96,670
Fort Collins 170 $95,450
Greeley -2222 $100,710
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 210 $102,460
West Hartford 210 $102,460
Hartford 210 $102,460
New Haven 120 $100,090
Stamford -2222 $109,500
Norwalk -2222 $109,500
Bridgeport -2222 $109,500
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Miami 1120 $85,780
Fort Lauderdale 1120 $85,780
West Palm Beach 1120 $85,780
Kissimmee 970 $90,670
Sanford 970 $90,670
Orlando 970 $90,670
Tampa 760 $75,830
St. Petersburg 760 $75,830
Clearwater 760 $75,830
Melbourne 650 $100,900
Palm Bay 650 $100,900
Titusville 650 $100,900
Crestview 360 $95,710
Fort Walton Beach 360 $95,710
Destin 360 $95,710
Jacksonville 340 $92,310
Panama City 280 $104,280
Ormond Beach 120 $77,860
Deltona 120 $77,860
Daytona Beach 120 $77,860
Sarasota 90 $84,330
Bradenton 90 $84,330
North Port 90 $84,330
Fort Myers 70 $84,240
Cape Coral 70 $84,240
Brent 70 $88,390
Pensacola 70 $88,390
Ferry Pass 70 $88,390
Tallahassee 60 $86,790
Port St. Lucie 40 $77,760
Winter Haven 30 $-1,111
Lakeland 30 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Atlanta 4170 $91,800
Roswell 4170 $91,800
Sandy Springs 4170 $91,800
Warner Robins 1050 $92,310
Savannah 30 $86,190
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 410 $103,160
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Coeur d'Alene 60 $72,880
Idaho Falls 50 $111,520
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rockford 50 $95,860
Bloomington 40 $-2,222
Springfield -2222 $95,940
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 570 $68,460
Anderson 570 $68,460
Carmel 570 $68,460
Fort Wayne 410 $76,890
Bloomington 60 $76,510
Goshen 50 $72,860
Elkhart 50 $72,860
West Lafayette 40 $74,160
Lafayette 40 $74,160
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 80 $72,070
Des Moines 80 $72,070
Cedar Rapids 80 $82,390
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 80 $87,810
Topeka 40 $86,620
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 50 $68,520
Lexington 50 $68,520
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baton Rouge 180 $80,580
Metairie 120 $104,820
New Orleans 120 $104,820
Lafayette 60 $91,760
Bossier City -2222 $82,890
Shreveport -2222 $82,890
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 150 $89,470
Portland 150 $89,470
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Baltimore 2310 $119,500
Towson 2310 $119,500
Columbia 2310 $119,500
Lexington Park 900 $119,800
California 900 $119,800
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 30 $80,100
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1680 $85,020
Warren 1680 $85,020
Detroit 1680 $85,020
Wyoming 530 $81,990
Grand Rapids 530 $81,990
Flint 80 $91,770
East Lansing 80 $92,100
Lansing 80 $92,100
Benton Harbor 30 $69,610
Niles 30 $69,610
Jackson -2222 $69,640
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 50 $119,380
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pascagoula 250 $87,390
Biloxi 250 $87,390
Gulfport 250 $87,390
Jackson -2222 $78,530
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia -2222 $59,880
Springfield -2222 $97,920
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 30 $94,370
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln -2222 $82,160
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 620 $88,700
Henderson 620 $88,700
Las Vegas 620 $88,700
Reno 110 $108,330
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 170 $110,710
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 150 $96,570
Hammonton 40 $-1,111
Atlantic City 40 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 690 $112,260
Las Cruces 330 $84,440
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 370 $86,810
Troy 230 $87,100
Schenectady 230 $87,100
Albany 230 $87,100
Rome 180 $118,030
Utica 180 $118,030
Syracuse 160 $81,600
Niagara Falls 140 $80,780
Buffalo 140 $80,780
Cheektowaga 140 $80,780
Binghamton -2222 $90,840
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 640 $91,640
Greensboro 340 $-2,222
High Point 340 $-2,222
Chapel Hill 260 $98,980
Durham 260 $98,980
New Bern 150 $81,610
Asheville 110 $88,440
Rocky Mount 70 $90,950
Salem 70 $97,490
Winston 70 $97,490
Lenoir 60 $86,330
Hickory 60 $86,330
Morganton 60 $86,330
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dayton 1160 $105,840
Columbus 770 $81,380
Elyria 650 $87,880
Cleveland 650 $87,880
Toledo 330 $82,700
Akron 50 $93,660
Mansfield -2222 $87,860
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1390 $92,320
Tulsa 220 $82,050
Lawton 100 $59,980
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 30 $83,430
Eugene -2222 $62,690
Corvallis -2222 $126,220
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 930 $87,830
Harrisburg 120 $60,680
Carlisle 120 $60,680
Reading 90 $77,880
East Stroudsburg 90 $90,930
Lancaster 70 $80,130
State College 50 $100,740
York 40 $74,900
Hanover 40 $74,900
Scranton -2222 $91,220
Wilkes -2222 $91,220
Barre -2222 $91,220
Hazleton -2222 $91,220
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 570 $85,700
Carolina 570 $85,700
San Juan 570 $85,700
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 590 $108,810
North Charleston 590 $108,810
Anderson 300 $86,410
Mauldin 300 $86,410
Greenville 300 $86,410
Columbia 110 $73,610
Spartanburg 50 $92,690
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 50 $81,380
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 320 $89,880
Murfreesboro 320 $89,880
Davidson 320 $89,880
Nashville 320 $89,880
Knoxville 180 $95,320
Johnson City 40 $102,290
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 6320 $103,430
Dallas 6320 $103,430
Fort Worth 6320 $103,430
Houston 2790 $118,940
The Woodlands 2790 $118,940
Sugar Land 2790 $118,940
Austin 2100 $100,870
Round Rock 2100 $100,870
San Antonio 540 $94,060
New Braunfels 540 $94,060
El Paso 70 $80,480
Bryan 50 $90,350
College Station 50 $90,350
Corpus Christi 50 $109,770
Temple 40 $108,480
Killeen 40 $108,480
Brownsville 30 $80,240
Harlingen 30 $80,240
Port Arthur -2222 $57,970
Beaumont -2222 $57,970
Lubbock -2222 $94,150
Abilene -2222 $94,170
Tyler -2222 $101,500
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ogden 1010 $92,310
Clearfield 1010 $92,310
Salt Lake City 350 $80,920
Orem 70 $60,800
Provo 70 $60,800
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 40 $77,450
Burlington 40 $77,450
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 330 $79,720
Roanoke 120 $77,330
Charlottesville 100 $98,520
Lynchburg 50 $72,250
Radford 50 $92,800
Blacksburg 50 $92,800
Christiansburg 50 $92,800
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 3020 $115,550
Tacoma 3020 $115,550
Seattle 3020 $115,550
Silverdale 130 $98,700
Bremerton 130 $98,700
Spokane 130 $102,070
Spokane Valley 130 $102,070
Tumwater 40 $90,350
Olympia 40 $90,350
Kennewick 40 $113,430
Richland 40 $113,430
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 50 $93,830
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Allis 380 $85,950
Milwaukee 380 $85,950
Waukesha 380 $85,950
Appleton 100 $77,760
Madison 70 $80,520
Racine 40 $77,580
Wausau -2222 $86,930
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 50 $80,330

Most Popular Industries for :
Electronics Engineers

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Electronics And Computer 35,720 25% $88,590
Professional And Technical Services 26,300 18% $89,350
Telecommunications 24,860 17% $80,800
Government 17,330 12% $94,670
Durable Goods Wholesale 8,990 6% $83,570
Automotive And Vehicle Manufacturing 4,780 3% $92,510
Business Management 4,200 3% $85,980
Office Services And Staffing 2,590 1% $76,820
Machinery 2,530 1% $82,700
Electrical Appliance 2,220 1% $73,070
Online Wholesale 2,070 1% $73,450
Media And Broadcasting 1,660 1% $77,860
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