Engineering / Job market

Starting a career in electronics – what are your options?

Choosing a job line after graduation is a tough decision for everyone. But, you need to take your time to make that decision as it will be one of the turning points of your life. Hence, it is best for you to explore all your possible options before you make one of them your career.

If you are an electronics graduate, there are a number of options for you to choose from. Plus, there are many things that you need to have before going for your job interview. Having a good attitude , apart from knowledge is the best attribute.

This blog from Chris Oddy, the director of the electronics recruitment specialist K02 will help you explore some of the best career options in the electronics industry to choose from.

Testing

One of the prime job careers that you can opt for after your electronics graduation is testing. Now, testing is a wide field. It contains testing on various levels like software testing, hardware testing, etc. If you want to get into this line, it is essential for you to have good hand coordination and knowledge about electronics components and coding (to some extent). Software testing is all about testing and finding gaps and errors in the programs or software. It needs knowledge of programming languages like Java, C++, Python ad many others based on the one that the software uses. As per the Global Market Insights, the software testing market is expected to grow at a rate of 6% from 2020 to 2026. It touched the $40 billion mark in 2019. So, if you are good at coding, this is the right time to get into software testing.

In contrast, if you are good at handling and designing circuits boards, you can also opt for electronics test engineer jobs. This field requires a person who has knowledge about the components of electronic systems. The field offers you the chance to explore and design test plans for various electronics systems used in the modern-day products.

Software development

Software development is yet another great choice for you to opt for after graduating in electronics. But, for this, you need to be very effective in programming languages like Java, C++, Python, Javascript, etc. There are a ton of companies out there that are ready to hire those who are interested in developing software solutions for their products like Embedded systems, Bluetooth systems, 4G/5G, Wireless communications, etc. Various technology companies that develop hardware solutions need professional people for working on their projects.

If we talk about the software engineering market, it is expected to grow at $37.4 billion by the year 2022. These stats clearly depict the rise and scope of the market. Moreover, a number of devices are launched every day, and the firms that launch these devices always require fresh and unique engineers for handling their software development. So, if you are fond of coding and want to work as a software developer, you can opt for this role.

Electronic Circuit Designing

Electronic circuits are a part of almost all the smart devices these days. Smartphones, home appliances, motor vehicles, are just some prime examples of machinery that feature electronic circuits. With the rising use of electronic circuits in almost all devices, the employment opportunities in the field have also risen. After graduating as an electronics engineer, you can also opt for a career in electronic circuit designing. If you are fond of working with electronics components and circuits, you can choose this field. The field offers you a number of choices like PCB designing, where all the necessary components required for the efficient functioning of the board are located. It can be either done by software or by hand.

The best thing about this field is that you will get hands-on designing of various analogue and electronic circuits like system motherboards, control system chips, controller chips, etc. It will be pretty good for your further career also as you can also go into robotics in the future after gaining relevant experience in it.

Mechanical Field

If you are an electronics graduate, it doesn’t mean that you need to stick to it for your career. There are other fields also like the mechanical field where you can be highly successful in forging your career. How? Well, in the world of self-driving cars and AI, it has become essential for mechanical firms to hire electronics professionals to run their business. To reduce user intervention in mechanical processes, firms have started developing smart solutions by integrating electronic systems in them. And for the development of these systems, they require electronics experts that are good at designing their smart systems.

With the knowledge of various circuit designing tools like 2D/3D CAD, you can step into the mechanical firms as a draughtsperson. You will be required to design the drawings of various mechanical structures and devices.

Management

To be clear, you may not get this job as a fresh graduate. But with some years of hard work and experience, you can opt for this career. There are various types of management jobs in almost all firms. Some of them are project or program manager, software testing or development manager, R/D manager, FAE manager, and others.

You need to have knowledge about the whole process of which you are a part before opting for this job. For example, if you are opting for the R/D manager, you need to be capable of bringing new and innovative products or services for your company. You need to do thorough research on the current products and ways to improve them in the future. When you have complete knowledge about the workflow of the process, you can go for the managerial level jobs.

Final words…

There are no limits to career choices if you are an electronics graduate. You can go to the IT sector that has a number of job opportunities. Moreover, you can also opt for programming and development jobs if you have a good hand on coding. Lastly, you can go into the evergreen field of robotics that involves the development and assembling of electronic components and circuits.

 

 

 

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