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Electronics Engineering

1,642 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
142 Master's Degrees Annually
#139 in Popularity
$65,050 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Electronics Engineering Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many electronics engineering technology graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 3,810
Basic Certificate 2,683
Bachelor’s Degree 1,642
Undergraduate Certificate 1,597
Master’s Degree 142
Graduate Certificate 1

What Electronics Engineering Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to EE tech were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for EE Tech Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in EE tech should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

Skills for EE Tech Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to EE tech:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Abilities for EE Tech Majors

As you progress with your EE tech degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Electronics Engineering Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with EE tech:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Electrical Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technicians 2.0% $64,330
Electronics Engineering Technologists 5.2% $63,200
Non-Destructive Testing Specialists 5.2% $63,200
Photonics Technicians 5.2% $63,200

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronics Engineering?

1,642 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
10% Percent Women
40% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 1,642 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology in 2019, making it rank #139 in popularity. This major tends to be male dominated. About 90% of recent graduates are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of EE tech majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of EE Tech Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 105
Black or African American 230
Hispanic or Latino 264
White 791
International Students 156
Other Races/Ethnicities 96

Geographic Diversity

EE Tech appeals to people across the globe. About 9.5% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • India
  • China
  • Nigeria
  • Kuwait

How Much Do Electronics Engineering Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in electronics engineering technology made a median starting salary of $59,800 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $52,975 (25th percentile) and $59,800 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to EE tech so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $65,050 to $65,720 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to EE tech. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Electronics Engineering Major  ( 65050 to 65720 )
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Some degrees associated with EE tech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for EE tech careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.8%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 13.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 21.2%
Some College Courses 10.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 37.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 13.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 1.6%
Master’s Degree 2.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.7%

Online Electronics Engineering Programs

In 2018-2019, 599 schools offered a EE tech program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 244 10
Certificate (1-2 years) 231 4
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 497 19
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 244 10
Master’s Degree 10 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Electronics Engineering Worth It?

The median salary for a EE tech grad is $65,050 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 63% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $503,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to EE tech.

Major Number of Grads
Industrial Production Technology 14,313
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 10,756
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 10,702
Environmental Control Technology 10,042
Mechanical Engineering Technology 7,772
Engineering-Related Fields 5,997
Quality Control Technology 4,315
General Engineering Technology 4,212
Computer Engineering Technology 4,180
Construction Engineering Technology 3,824
Engineering Technology (Other) 1,786
Architectural Engineering Technology 1,362
Civil Engineering Technology 1,357
Engineering-Related Technologies 840
Mining & Petroleum Technology 705
Nuclear Engineering Technology 388
Nanotechnology 123

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