Electronics Careers

Another area that has a lot to offer is the field of Electronics. There are hundreds of jobs for someone who is interested in electronics. There are many different educational requirements for the different types of jobs. There are trade schools, 2-year degree programs, 4-year programs and even higher. As with anything else, the more education and experience you have, the better your choices and your income potential will be.
Electro-mechanical Technician
The first career we will look at is that of an electro-mechanic. This is a position where you can get in at entry level and doesn’t require years and years of education and training. You can make a comfortable living in this kind of a position as well. The median salary is $52K per year.
What Kind of Work is Involved in this Kind of Position?
This position entails a combination of skills and knowledge in both mechanical technology and electrical circuitry. Electro-mechanical Techs are the ones who install and repair computerized mechanical systems like assembly machines in manufacturing facilities and in the field of robotically assembling equipment. They also work on troubleshooting and upgrading these kinds of systems and machines. They work closely with the engineers in manufacturing.
How Much Education is Required for this Career?
This type of position usually requires a 2-year Associate’s degree or a post-secondary certification which can be earned in an electrical program at a career or technical college. There are also programs at most regular colleges. Check for availability at your local Vocational Technical School in adult education programs and community colleges as well. This is a great starting point to gain experience to earn promotions and furthering education possibilities. Many large manufacturing companies offer furthering education assistance plans where they will help to pay for a higher degree.
What Is the Outlook for Electro-mechanical Tech?
The prospectus for a career as an electro-mechanical technician is an expected growth of about 4 percent over the next 8 years. This position is a generalist in technology, with the broad set of skills, there will always be a demand for the skills and services he/she provides. With all of the manufacturing facilities looking to be more labor efficient, there will be many businesses going robotic and more fully automatic. Techs will be required to keep these machines running and up-to-date. As the demand this equipment increases, so will the jobs. And as mentioned above, this is a great place to start on your ladder to the top in this field.
The sky is the limit!
Elaine M. Long
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Electro-mechanical Technicians, on the Internet at tp://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electro-mechanical-technicians.htm (visited February 18, 2014).

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