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.

Specialisations: Communications Engineer (Army).

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electronics or a related field is needed to work as an Electronics Engineer. Some Electronics Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

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

All Electronics Engineers

  • $2,502 Weekly Pay
  • Decline Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment
  • 4,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 89% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 43 hours Average full-time
  • 43 years Average age
  • 6% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Electronics Engineers (in their main job) fell over the past 5 years and is expected to fall over the next 5 years:
from 4,100 in 2018 to 3,900 by 2023.
Job openings can come from new jobs being created, but most come from turnover (workers leaving).
There are likely to be around 1,000 job openings over 5 years (that's about 200 a year).

  • Size: This is a very small occupation.
  • Unemployment: Unemployment was below average in 2018.
  • Location: Electronics Engineers work in many regions of Australia.
  • Industries: Most work in Professional, Scientific and Technical Services; Manufacturing; and Wholesale Trade.
  • Earnings: Full-time workers on an adult wage earn around $2,502 per week (very high compared 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 (89%, 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 43 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
20086500
20097100
20106700
20118200
20127400
20138500
20146600
20154800
20166100
20173600
20184100
20233900

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 EngineersAll Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings25021460

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)
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services29.4
Manufacturing22.8
Wholesale Trade8.8
Public Administration and Safety8.7
Other Industries30.3

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 EngineersAll Jobs Average
NSW29.331.6
VIC30.825.6
QLD13.220.0
SA9.27.0
WA11.910.8
TAS0.92.0
NT1.21.0
ACT3.51.9

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 EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-243.5-9.39.3
25-3422.6-22.922.9
35-4426.5-22.022.0
45-5425.5-21.621.6
55-5910.7-9.09.0
60-646.8-6.06.0
65 and Over4.5-4.24.2

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 EngineersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate23.8-10.110.1
Bachelor degree52.3-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma11.5-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV6.8-21.121.1
Year 124.6-18.118.1
Year 110.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.6-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in engineering majoring in electronics or a related field is needed to work as an Electronics Engineer. Some Electronics Engineers complete postgraduate studies.

Registration may be compulsory in some states and territories. In addition, Engineers Australia has a non-compulsory National Engineering Register.

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

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Computers and Electronics

    91% Skill level

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

  2. Engineering and Technology

    81% Skill level

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

  3. Mathematics

    74% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  4. Physics

    72% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  5. Design

    71% Skill level

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

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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, 17-2072.00 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.

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.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

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

  1. Indoors, Heat Controlled

    97% Important

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

  2. Electronic Mail

    96% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

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

  4. Work With Work Group or Team

    91% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  5. Structured versus Unstructured Work

    85% Important

    How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?

Occupational Information Network
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, 17-2072.00 - Electronics Engineers, Except Computer.

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