Electronics Engineers design, develop, adapt, install, test and maintain electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer systems, communication systems, entertainment, transport and other industrial applications.

A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Tasks

  • designing electronic components, circuits and systems used for computer, communication and control systems, and other industrial applications
  • designing software, especially embedded software, to be used within such systems
  • developing apparatus and procedures to test electronic components, circuits and systems
  • supervising installation and commissioning of computer, communication and control systems, and ensuring proper control and protection methods
  • establishing and monitoring performance and safety standards and procedures for operation, modification, maintenance and repair of such systems
  • designing communications bearers based on wired, optical fibre and wireless communication media
  • analysing communications traffic and level of service, and determining the type of installation, location, layout and transmission medium for communication systems
  • designing and developing signal processing algorithms and implementing these through appropriate choice of hardware and software

Job Titles

  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer

    Specialisations: Communications Engineer (Army)

Fast Facts

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • 3,500 workers Employment Size
  • Stable Future Growth
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • Average unemployment Unemployment
  • 84.0% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 37.4 hours Average full-time
  • 39.5 years Average age
  • 0.7% female Gender Share

The number of Electronics Engineers fell over the past 5 years and is expected to stay fairly stable over the next 5 years:
from 3,500 in 2017 to 3,600 by 2022.
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2017.
  • Location: Electronics Engineers work in most regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Manufacturing; Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Full-time: Most work full-time (84%, much higher than the all jobs average of 68.4%).
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 37.4 hours per week at work (compared to the all jobs average of 40.0 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 40 years (compared to the all jobs average of 40 years).
  • Gender: 0.7% of workers are female (compared to the all jobs average of 46.7%).

Employment Outlook

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2017 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2022.
YearNumber of Workers
20075400
20086600
20097200
20106800
20118300
20127400
20138600
20146800
20156000
20166800
20173500
20223600

Weekly Earnings

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Manufacturing37.7
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services23.6
Wholesale Trade10.6
Health Care and Social Assistance9.8
Other Industries18.3

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateElectronics EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW30.631.6
VIC30.626.2
QLD9.819.7
SA9.66.7
WA12.010.8
TAS2.92.0
NT1.21.1
ACT3.21.8

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Labour Force Survey, annual average 2017, Cat. No. 6291.0.55.003: Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketElectronics EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.0-5.25.2
20-240.5-9.99.9
25-3440.9-23.623.6
35-4417.5-21.721.7
45-5415.8-20.820.8
55-596.8-8.88.8
60-648.6-6.06.0
65 and Over9.9-4.04.0

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

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A Bachelor Degree or higher is usually required. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration or licensing may also be required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Employers look for Electronics Engineers who can communicate clearly, work well in a team and have strong interpersonal skills.

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Engineering and Technology

    98% Important

    Use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  2. Computers and Electronics

    93% Important

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  3. Mathematics

    82% Important

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Design

    81% Important

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  5. Physics

    69% Important

    Physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.

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Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Interacting With Computers

    89% Important

    Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  2. Getting Information

    86% Important

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  3. Making Decisions and Solving Problems

    85% Important

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment

    84% Important

    Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.

  5. Documenting/Recording Information

    82% Important

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 17-2072.00 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.

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