Electronics Engineers, Except Computer
SOC: 17-2072.00


Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
137,400 employed

Projected (2024):
135,500 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Automation Engineer
  • Automotive Power Electronics Engineer
  • Central Office Equipment Engineer
  • Central Office Facilities Planning Engineer
  • Circuit Design Engineer
  • Circuit Designer
  • Commercial Engineer
  • Communications Engineer
  • Compatibility Test Engineer
  • Customer Equipment Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Dial Equipment Engineer
  • Electrical Design Engineer
  • Electrical Electronics Engineers
  • Electronic Parts Designer
  • Electronic System Engineer
  • Electronics Design Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electronics Research Engineer
  • Electronics Test Engineer
  • Electrophonic Engineer
  • Engineering Manager
  • Equipment Engineer
  • Evaluation Engineer
  • Failure Analysis Technician
  • Guidance and Control System Engineer
  • Integrated Circuit Design Engineer (IC Design Engineer)
  • Microwave Engineer
  • Microwave Supervisor
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Outside Plant Cable Engineer
  • Outside Plant Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Product Engineer
  • Radar Engineer
  • Radio Frequency Design Engineer (RF Design Engineer)
  • Radio Frequency Engineer (RF Engineer)
  • Research and Development Engineer (R&D Engineer)
  • Studio Operations Engineer-in-Charge
  • Supplier Quality Engineer (SQE)
  • Systems Engineer
  • Telecommunication Engineer
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Test Engineer
  • Test Engineering Manager
  • Traffic Circuit Engineer
  • Transmission and Protection Engineer
  • Transmitter Engineer

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Design electronic components, software, products, or systems for commercial, industrial, medical, military, or scientific applications.
  • Inspect electronic equipment, instruments, products, or systems to ensure conformance to specifications, safety standards, or applicable codes or regulations.
  • Prepare documentation containing information such as confidential descriptions or specifications of proprietary hardware or software, product development or introduction schedules, product costs, or information about product performance weaknesses.
  • Direct or coordinate activities concerned with manufacture, construction, installation, maintenance, operation, or modification of electronic equipment, products, or systems.
  • Develop or perform operational, maintenance, or testing procedures for electronic products, components, equipment, or systems.
  • Plan or develop applications or modifications for electronic properties used in components, products, or systems to improve technical performance.
  • Prepare engineering sketches or specifications for construction, relocation, or installation of equipment, facilities, products, or systems.
  • Prepare, review, or maintain maintenance schedules, design documentation, or operational reports or charts.
  • Prepare necessary criteria, procedures, reports, or plans for successful conduct of the project with consideration given to site preparation, facility validation, installation, quality assurance, or testing.
  • Represent employer at conferences, meetings, boards, panels, committees, or working groups to present, explain, or defend findings or recommendations, negotiate compromises or agreements, or exchange information.
  • Develop solar photovoltaic products, such as inverters or energy management systems.
  • Investigate green consumer electronics applications for consumer electronic devices, power saving devices for computers or televisions, or energy efficient power chargers.
  • Research or develop electronics technologies for use in electric-drive vehicles.
  • Research or develop new green electronics technologies, such as lighting, optical data storage devices, or energy efficient televisions.
  • Determine project material or equipment needs.
  • Evaluate project work to ensure effectiveness, technical adequacy, or compatibility in the resolution of complex electronics engineering problems.
  • Analyze electronics system requirements, capacity, cost, or customer needs to determine project feasibility.
  • Confer with engineers, customers, vendors, or others to discuss existing or potential electronics engineering projects or products.
  • Operate computer-assisted engineering or design software or equipment to perform electronics engineering tasks.
  • Recommend repair or design modifications of electronics components or systems, based on factors such as environment, service, cost, or system capabilities.
  • Provide technical support or instruction to staff or customers regarding electronics equipment standards.
  • Prepare budget or cost estimates for equipment, construction, or installation projects or control expenditures.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Communication bus analyzers
  • Desktop computers
  • Electronics counters
  • Electronics probes
  • Function generators
  • High-power pulsed lasers
  • Inductance capacitance resistance LCR meters
  • Logic analyzers
  • Microprocessors
  • Multimeters
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Photometers
  • Programmable logic controllers PLC
  • Wattmeters
  • Wave meters
  • Agile Product Lifecyle Management PLM
  • Ansoft Simplorer
  • Assembler
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • C
  • C++
  • Cadence PSpice
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Embarcadero Delphi
  • ESRI ArcGIS software
  • Extensible markup language XML
  • Formula translation/translator FORTRAN
  • Graphics software
  • Hewlett-Packard HP OpenVMS
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Linux
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • McCabe Software TRUEchange
  • Mentor Graphics PADS
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visual Basic.NET
  • Microsoft Visual C# .NET
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Oracle DBMS
  • Oracle Java
  • OrCAD Capture
  • Python
  • Rabbit Semiconductor Dynamic C
  • Real time operating system RTOS software
  • SolidWorks CAD software
  • Structured query language SQL
  • Synopsys Saber
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • The MathWorks Simulink
  • Three-dimensional 3D computer aided design CAD software
  • Two-dimensional 2D computer aided design CAD software
  • UNIX
  • Verilog
  • Very high-speed integrated circuit VHSIC hardware description language VHDL
  • Visual Numerics PV-WAVE
  • Web browser software
  • Xilinx Integrated Software Environment ISE

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980