Electronics Engineering jobs and careers

Electronic Engineering is the design of devices, electronics circuits, and systems – often linked with embedded systems. Electronics is a field within electrical engineering – operating alongside fields such as analog electronics, digital electronics, consumer electronics, embedded systems, and power electronics.

Why consider a career as an Electronics Engineer?

A career in electronics engineering allows you to operate in a hands-on capacity – bringing you face to face with the hardware elements of a product. Often working as part of a team, an electronics career will allow you to learn from an array of engineers – ranging from mechanical, electrical, electronics, software, and embedded engineers. A career in electronics will also expose you to a range of industries – ranging from manufacturing to complex bespoke technologies – allowing you to operate as the building blocks of innovative tech.

What a job or career in Electronics Engineering may entail…

As an Electronics Engineer you will review requirements, design, and develop components of larger devices. This involves close interaction with electrical components. You will liaise with the wider teams – such as mechanical, electrical, embedded, and software – in order to test and debug underlying issues.

Typical role titles include

Electronics Engineer
Electronics Design Engineer
Hardware Engineer
Embedded Hardware Engineer

Career progression example

Graduate Electrical/Electronics Engineer
Electronics Design Engineer
Lead Electronics Engineer

Salary and Day Rate Benchmarks

Here, we aim to provide an overall range of day rates and salaries.
There are always factors to consider when assigning a day rate and salary to a role, such as the skill demand, location, complexity, level of responsibility as well as what other benefits are on offer, such as remote working. It’s also worth noting that the ‘number of years’ of experience is not an ideal measure. However, as a general guide, it should provide some ballparks and pointers…

Salaries
At an entry level, Junior/Graduate electronic engineers can take home £25,000 – £35, 000. This often comes down to specialty, location, and whether you pursued a masters.
At the mid-level, engineers normally sit between £35K and £55K. Seniors normally earn between £45K and £65K. Principals are normally £65K and up.

Day Rates
At an entry-level, for a junior/graduate a typical day rate would be around the £300 mark, at the mid-level around the £350 mark and seniors can expect a day rate of £450+ as a benchmark.

Is it right for me? The skills it takes…

The following technologies and skills often appear on job descriptions;

Analog, Digital, Electronics, Mixed Signal, PCB, Schematics Capture, Circuit Boards, FPGA, VHDL, Embedded C, ASIC, Integrated Circuits, Microcontrollers (ARM/PIC/Texas Instruments), RF.

What qualifications does it take?

Often clients will look for you to hold a Bsc in Electrical/Electronics Engineering, Computer Science, or Physics. Otherwise they will look for candidates who have undertaken an apprenticeship related to the field. Some candidates make the move in Electronic engineering through industry experience and/or conversion courses. A technical background – be it academic or industry related – is normally necessary to secure a role in the field.

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