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.


  • 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.


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 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Metro Area Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 8310 $104,360
Los Angeles 8310 $104,360
Anaheim 8310 $104,360
Arlington 6320 $103,430
Dallas 6320 $103,430
Fort Worth 6320 $103,430
Santa Clara 6110 $126,130
Sunnyvale 6110 $126,130
San Jose 6110 $126,130
Roswell 4170 $91,800
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Most Popular Industries for :
Electronics Engineers

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

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

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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