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   Electronics Engineers, Except Computer in California

May also be called: Circuit Design Engineers; Communications Engineers; Electronics Design Engineers; Electronics Research Engineers; Integrated Circuit Design Engineers; Telecommunications Engineers

What Would I Do?

Electronics Engineers design, develop, test, and supervise the manufacture of electronic components, circuits, and systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, and scientific use. They use their in-depth knowledge of electronic theory and material properties to perform their jobs. Electronic Engineers prepare, review, and maintain maintenance schedules, design documentation, and operational reports and charts. They may also work on time and cost estimates for a variety of electronic projects. Engineers are typically employed by the following industries: aerospace, automobile, healthcare, telecommunications, or utilities.

Green Economy(1)
Electronics Engineers may play an important role in the emerging Green Economy. They may assist with the research and design of electronic components for hybrid and electric vehicles within the transportation sector in order to increase efficiency and reduce environmental impacts.

Electronics Engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, manufacturing firms, or industrial plants. They may spend time at these locations overseeing the installation of electronic systems and equipment, monitoring operations, or solving on-site problems. When working with any type of electronic systems or equipment, Electronics Engineers must be trained in proper safety procedures. Some Engineers work a standard 40-hour workweek but can expect frequent evening, weekend, or holiday work to meet deadlines.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Electronics Engineer may appeal to those who enjoy working with ideas that require an extensive amount of thinking. Engineers search for facts using a variety of sources in order to solve problems. Electronics Engineers are also skilled in analysis and design. This requires a type of intelligence that is logical, detail-oriented, inquisitive, and creative. Additionally, Electronics Engineers' work activities involve practical, hands-on problems and solutions.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

The median wage in 2016 for Electronics Engineers in California is $113,106 annually, or $54.38 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

Change to Hourly Wages
Annual Wages for 2016Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$89,529$113,106$142,191
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2016 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Electronics Engineers may receive excellent benefit packages, including health and life insurance, vacation, sick leave, and pension plans. However, this is dependent upon the company they work for.

What is the Job Outlook?

With the increased focus on environmentally sustainable business practices, it is expected that there may be increased opportunities for Electronics Engineers.(1) However, like many occupations, employment is sensitive to the fluctuations of the economy.

(1)This workforce solution was funded by a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration. The solution was created by the grantee and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the U.S. Department of Labor. The Department of Labor makes no guarantees, warranties, or assurances of any kind, express or implied, with respect to such information, including any information on linked sites and including, but not limited to, accuracy of the information or its completeness, timeliness, usefulness, adequacy, continued availability, or ownership. This solution is copyrighted by the institution that created it. Internal use by an organization and/or personal use by an individual for non-commercial purposes is permissible. All other uses require the prior authorization of the copyright owner.

How Do I Qualify?

A bachelor's degree in electronic engineering or a related field, such as computer or electrical engineering, is generally the minimum educational level that employers will consider for a position as an Electronics Engineer. Most engineering programs involve a concentration of study in an engineering specialty, along with courses in design, mathematics, physical and life sciences, and hands-on laboratory classes.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers is one of the most common and effective job search methods. Jobs may also be found through classified advertisements in newspapers, networking, online job boards, and professional engineering organizations. Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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