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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.

Electronics Engineers Skills

Below are the skills needed to be electronics engineers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Skill NameImportanceCompetence
Reading Comprehension44.12
Complex Problem Solving44.12
Critical Thinking44
Writing3.754
Speaking3.754

Electronics Engineers Abilities

Below are the abilities needed to be electronics engineers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Ability NameImportanceCompetence
Oral Comprehension44.12
Oral Expression44
Problem Sensitivity44.12
Deductive Reasoning44
Inductive Reasoning44

Electronics Engineers Knowledge

Below are the knowledge areas needed to be electronics engineers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 7 being highest).

   
Knowledge AreaImportanceCompetence
Engineering and Technology4.925.7
Computers and Electronics4.666.39
Mathematics4.115.19
Design4.034.94
Physics3.455.02

Electronics Engineers Work activities

Below are the work activities involved in being electronics engineers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest) and competency level on a scale of 1 to 7 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work ActivityImportanceCompetence
Interacting With Computers4.435.16
Getting Information4.315.45
Making Decisions and Solving Problems4.254.76
Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment4.195.06
Documenting/Recording Information4.114.48

Electronics Engineers Work styles

Below are the work styles involved in being electronics engineers according to their importance on the scale of 1 to 5 (1 being lowest and 5 being highest).

   
Work StyleImportance
Attention to Detail4.7
Dependability4.53
Analytical Thinking4.53
Cooperation4.48
Adaptability/Flexibility4.47

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for
Electronics Engineers

Listed below are the 10 largest metro areas based on the total number of people employed in Electronics Engineers jobs , as of 2017

   
Metro AreaTotal EmploymentAnnual Mean Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim9,330 $123,470
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington6,110 $112,080
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara6,100 $129,560
San Diego-Carlsbad6,080 $126,020
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood4,230 $102,410
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell3,340 $94,180
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward2,990 $113,980
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue2,760 $120,000
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land2,670 N/A
Austin-Round Rock2,530 $120,600

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Total employment and salary for professions similar to electronics engineers

Source : 2017 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2016-26 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; O*NET® 22.1 Database, O*NET OnLine, National Center for O*NET Development, Employment & Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, onetonline.org

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