Employment of architecture and engineering occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 194,300 new jobs are projected to be added. Most of the projected job growth in this group is in the engineer occupations, as their services will be in demand in various areas such as rebuilding of infrastructure, renewable energy, oil and gas extraction, and robotics.
The median annual wage for architecture and engineering occupations was $79,180 in May 2017. The median annual wages for all occupations in this group was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations in the economy, which was $37,690.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians help engineers design and develop computers, communications equipment, medical monitoring devices, navigational equipment, and other electrical and electronic equipment. They often work in product evaluation and testing, and use measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment. They are also involved in the manufacture and deployment of equipment for automation.
The median annual wage for electrical and electronics engineering technicians was $63,660 in May 2017.
Employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians is projected to grow 2 percent from 2016 to 2026, slower than the average for all occupations.
Many of these technicians work in traditional manufacturing industries, and employment of these technicians is projected to decline or grow slowly in many of them. Employment of these technicians in the federal government is projected to decline as well. However, employment of electrical and electronics engineering technicians will likely grow in engineering services firms as companies seek to contract out these services as a way to lower costs.
Electrical and electronics engineering technicians also work closely with electrical and electronics engineers and computer hardware engineers in the computer systems design services industry. Demand for these technicians is expected to be sustained by the continuing integration of computer and electronics systems, especially automation systems. In addition, computer, cellular phone, and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies are being included in automobiles and various portable and household electronics systems.