Electronic Engineer

As an electronic engineer you will study the way electricity is used to control equipment. You will then use this knowledge to develop and test devices or electrical components.

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What the job looks like
Salary expectation
starts at $48,864 up to $91,731+
The good
  • Designing and building things
  • Using advanced technologies and equipment
  • Solving problems
The not so good
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Having to fix a product in a short time frame

Electronic engineers may be involved in maintaining or developing applications for existing technologies, or in researching and creating new technologies. Their skills are needed across a broad range of areas including defence, communications and robotics.

You will have a chance to work with some of the latest technologies and equipment. Understanding the science behind electronics and engineering will be an important part of the role. You will constantly use mathematics to work out the flow of electricity and scientific formulas that make up engineering to ensure your product is safe.

If you are passionate about technology, solving problems and building things, then a career as an electronic engineer could be for you.

It’s hard work, but we have come so far in our technology, it's my absolute dream job.


Pathways to this career

Subject suggestions for the HSC

Choosing your HSC subjects from this list could really help with your career. Think carefully about what you want to study after school as you might need to choose specific HSC subjects for that course and to count towards your ATAR (Australian Tertiary Admission Rank). An ATAR is your academic rank in relation to other HSC students and helps with University admission.

HSC subjects 

Some subjects will count towards your ATAR, others will not. Check with your career advisor before making subject selections.

What can I do after I have finished school?

University degrees 

Studying one of these degrees can help with your career.


Check out Engineers Australia for more information

  • Purchase hobby electronic kits to test out your skills
  • Go to career expos and events like university Open Days for information about what you will study