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Electronics Engineering

142 Master's Degrees Annually
#222 in Popularity (Master's)
$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
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

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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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?

People with a EE tech degree often go into the following careers:

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 Master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering?

142 Master's Degrees Annually
17% Percent Women
11% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major attracts more men than women. About 83% of the graduates in this field are male.

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 Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 24
International Students 101
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in EE Tech, too. About 71.1% 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?

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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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Some careers associated with EE tech require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 599 schools offered some type of electronics engineering technology program. 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
Engineering-Related Fields 4,157
Quality Control Technology 714
Industrial Production Technology 413
General Engineering Technology 341
Engineering Technology (Other) 320
Computer Engineering Technology 272
Environmental Control Technology 219
Construction Engineering Technology 188
Mechanical Engineering Technology 186
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 178
Nanotechnology 77
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 33
Architectural Engineering Technology 21
Engineering-Related Technologies 15
Nuclear Engineering Technology 0

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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