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Electrical/Electronics Technology

Job Outlook

Significant Points

  • Because the type and quality of training programs vary considerably, prospective students should carefully investigate training programs before enrolling.
  • Electrical and electronic engineering technicians make up 34 percent of all engineering technicians.
  • Employment of engineering technicians often is influenced by the same local and national economic conditions that affect engineers; as a result, job outlook varies with industry and specialization.
  • Opportunities will be best for individuals with an associate degree or extensive job training in engineering technology.

Earnings

Median annual earnings in May 2004 of engineering technicians by specialty are shown in the following tabulation.

Aerospace engineering and operations technicians $52,500
Electrical and electronic engineering technicians 46,310
Industrial engineering technicians 43,590
Mechanical engineering technicians 43,400
Electro-mechanical technicians 41,440
Environmental engineering technicians 38,550
Civil engineering technicians 38,480

Median annual earnings of electrical and electronics engineering technicians were $46,310 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $36,290 and $55,750. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $29,000, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $67,900. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of electrical and electronics engineering technicians in May 2004 are shown below.

Federal government $64,160
Wired telecommunications carriers 51,250
Architectural, engineering, and related services 44,800
Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing 42,780
Semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing 41,300

Median annual earnings of civil engineering technicians were $38,480 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $29,880 and $48,590. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $57,550. Median annual earnings in the industries employing the largest numbers of civil engineering technicians in May 2004 are shown below.

Local government $43,700
Architectural, engineering, and related services 37,470
State government 35,970

In May 2004, the average annual salary for aerospace engineering and operations technicians in the aerospace products and parts manufacturing industry was $52,250, and the average annual salary for environmental engineering technicians in the architectural, engineering, and related services industry was $36,530. The average annual salary for industrial engineering technicians in the semiconductor and other electronic component manufacturing industry was $40,020. In the architectural, engineering, and related services industry, the average annual salary for mechanical engineering technicians was $43,190.


Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Engineering Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos112.htm.


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