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Despite the tendency among some to use the terms electrical engineer and electronics engineer interchangeably, the two typically perform very different jobs. Electrical engineering jobs are more concentrated on generating, routing and controlling electricity. Electronic engineering jobs focus more on the design and manufacture of electronic equipment, such as GPS systems, wireless devices and global positioning systems.
A four-year degree in engineering from an accredited university is needed for almost all entry-level electronic engineering jobs. Some supervisory positions, as well as most research positions, require a postgraduate degree. In addition, the rapidly changing world of technology means that electronics engineers need to continue their educations throughout their careers to keep abreast of the most recent developments.
Most electronics engineers work in comfortable, climate-controlled offices or labs, but some may be based in a manufacturing plant to facilitate access to the production line. A 40-hour workweek is normal for most, although overtime may be required occasionally to meet a crucial deadline or troubleshoot a problem. Depending on the employer, some engineers travel nationally or even internationally.
The demand for electronics engineers is expected to remain relatively unchanged over the next few years. Although it is true that the demand for goods such as communications devices, medical equipment and other electronic products is predicted to increase, competition from other countries may limit opportunities somewhat. The greatest growth for the occupation is expected to be found among industries that provide services or services and products rather than products alone.
As a group, engineers command some of the highest salaries found among those with a bachelor's degree. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2010 report, electronics engineers averaged $92,730 per year; 10 percent earned more than £135,000 annually. Electronics engineers in the District of Columbia, New Jersey, Rhode Island, California and Massachusetts earned average salaries ranging from £101,750 to £109,740.