Electronics Trades Workers maintain, adjust and repair electronic equipment such as business machines, video and audio equipment, and electronic instruments and control systems, and transmit and receive radio messages.

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as an Electronics Trades Worker. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Tasks

    • examining and testing machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults
    • adjusting, repairing, and replacing worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintaining machines, equipment and instruments
    • reassembling, test operating and adjusting equipment
    • advising users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunctions
    • receiving messages by interpreting code and converting to plain language, and writing and typing messages for transmission
    • monitoring radio traffic, and transmitting and receiving voice messages
    • installing electronic instruments and control systems
    • applying knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems

    All Electronics Trades Workers

    • $1,348 Weekly Pay
    • Decline Future Growth
    • Average unemployment Unemployment
    • 26,000 workers Employment Size
    • Medium skill Skill level rating
    • 81% Full-Time Full-Time Share
    • 43 hours Average full-time
    • 39 years Average age
    • 6% female Gender Share

    The number of people working as Electronics Trades Workers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
    from 26,000 in 2018 to 24,600 by 2023.
    Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
    There are likely to be around 14,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 2,800 a year).

    • Size: This is a large occupation.
    • Unemployment: Unemployment was average in 2018.
    • Location: Electronics Trades Workers work in many regions of Australia.
    • Industries: Most work in Other Services; Public Administration and Safety; and Construction.
    • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $1,348 per week (similar to the average of $1,460). Earnings tend to be lower when starting out and higher as experience grows.
    • Full-time: Most work full-time (81%, much higher than the average of 66%).
    • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 43 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
    • Age: The average age is 39 years (compared to the average of 40 years).
    • Gender: 6% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

    Employment Outlook

    Number of Workers

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Department of Jobs and Small Business trend data to May 2018 and Department of Jobs and Small Business projections to 2023.
    YearNumber of Workers
    200837000
    200942100
    201037600
    201130300
    201235000
    201330000
    201433700
    201529200
    201629000
    201727900
    201826000
    202324600

    Weekly Earnings

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

    Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours (cat. no. 6306.0), May 2018, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
    EarningsElectronics Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    Full-Time Earnings13481460

    Main Industries

    Main Employing Industries (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
    Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
    Other Services18.6
    Public Administration and Safety16.9
    Construction14.6
    Professional, Scientific and Technical Services13.1
    Other Industries36.8

    States and Territories

    • NSW

    • VIC

    • QLD

    • SA

    • TAS

    • NT

    • ACT

    Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    StateElectronics Trades WorkersAll Jobs Average
    NSW32.231.6
    VIC24.425.6
    QLD21.020.0
    SA6.07.0
    WA11.110.8
    TAS1.52.0
    NT1.71.0
    ACT2.21.9

    Age Profile

    Age Profile (% Share)

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
    Age BracketElectronics Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    15-192.5-5.05.0
    20-2410.2-9.39.3
    25-3426.2-22.922.9
    35-4422.6-22.022.0
    45-5421.1-21.621.6
    55-598.6-9.09.0
    60-645.6-6.06.0
    65 and Over3.1-4.24.2

    Education Level

    Highest Level of Education (% Share)

    Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
    Type of QualificationElectronics Trades WorkersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate3.0-10.110.1
    Bachelor degree12.2-21.821.8
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma16.8-11.611.6
    Certificate III/IV38.0-21.121.1
    Year 1219.6-18.118.1
    Year 113.7-4.84.8
    Year 10 and below6.6-12.512.5

    A formal qualification or extensive experience is needed to work as an Electronics Trades Worker. Training is available through VET (Vocational Education and Training).

    Thinking about study or training?

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

    • Compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes on the My Skills website.
    • You might be interested in Electrotechnology VET training pathways on the AAPathways website.

    Or check out related courses on Job Outlook.

    Useful links and resources


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    Employers look for Electronics Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

    Filter Skills & Knowledge

    Knowledge

    These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

    1. Computers and Electronics

      75% Skill level

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

    2. Mechanical

      75% Skill level

      Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

    3. Engineering and Technology

      70% Skill level

      The use engineering science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

    4. Design

      63% Skill level

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

    5. Mathematics

      61% Skill level

      Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2094.00 - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment.

    Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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    Demands

    The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

    1. Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment

      99% Important

      How often do you wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?

    2. Face-to-Face Discussions

      95% Important

      How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

    3. Indoors, Heat Controlled

      93% Important

      How often do you work indoors with access to heating or cooling?

    4. Freedom to Make Decisions

      91% Important

      How much freedom do you have to make decision on your own?

    5. Contact With Others

      91% Important

      How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

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    O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
    The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 49-2094.00 - Electrical and Electronics Repairers, Commercial and Industrial Equipment.

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