The electronics industry has undergone significant change in the last decade — with our increased reliance on IoT-connected devices spearheading a total digital transformation.
As we adapt to the ongoing chip shortage and electronics manufacturing services (EMS) providers try to get ahead of competitors by developing new, cutting-edge technologies, there are lots of exciting career prospects up for grabs.
Research and development (R&D) engineers are needed to generate ideas for future electronic devices, whilst electronics technicians and engineers are crucial to the construction and manufacturing process. Specialist engineers are also highly sought after in research-led industries like automotive, aerospace and healthcare.
With so many opportunities available, you are bound to find the right role in electronics. But why should you consider a career in electronics manufacturing?
The pros of working in electronics
Roles vary hugely across the electronics industry, and each area comes with its own benefits. However, certain perks can be expected across the board…
High starting salary
Salaries for entry-level electronics jobs are typically quite generous. For instance, electrical and electronic engineering graduates have an average graduate salary of £28,000 — £4,000 more than the average for all graduates.
Demand in the electronics industry is expected to stay strong as smart devices become commonplace in homes and businesses. Therefore, the number of employment opportunities is likely to remain high for the foreseeable future — offering much-needed job security in a troublesome economic landscape.
Opportunities far and wide
Electronics are needed around the world, and so are electronics workers. This means a career in the electronics industry could lead you to new horizons, both literally and figuratively.
Something different every day
Electronics is such a fast-paced industry that you will likely be working on different technologies and products all the time. Diversity keeps things interesting and ensures you stay engaged.
Learn valuable skills
With such a varied working day, you are bound to develop highly desirable skills, such as communication, decision-making and problem-solving — making you a viable candidate for several higher-level positions down the line.
Be a part of the change
Your work will play an important role in the future of technology, whether that be the next best thing in wearable technology or a new life-saving medical instrument. The sooner you get involved, the more breakthrough products you could help develop.
Taking the plunge
Those looking to pursue a career in electronics need to ensure they are up to speed on the latest technologies to meet the demands of modern electronics.
Candidates can take the Electronics Assembly for Engineers (EAE) course to learn about the basics of PCB fabrication and assembly: two things that new engineers lack knowledge of, according to the global trade organisation and industry-standard developer IPC. The EAE also covers more detailed considerations like conformal coating to guarantee attendees a strong start to a career in electronics.
Supporting this initiative is just one of the ways we hope to encourage people’s professional development in the electronics industry.
A number of our employees have also been with us for more than a decade — and we are proud to say that many of them have developed their skills with us from their early careers.
Our team has grown tenfold since our inception nearly 40 years ago in 1984, and we are always looking for new talent. We offer our employees the opportunities and resources they need to excel whilst ensuring they are always recognised for the pivotal role they play in the success of EC Electronics.
If you are an enthusiastic, knowledgeable individual looking for a role in electronics, we want to hear from you. View our vacancies today, and get in touch about employment opportunities by emailing our office manager, Sue Berry, at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling +44 (0)1256 461894.