This occupation has an extremely low probability of automation.

2.5% probability

of automation

3.7% growth

projected to 2026

136,300 employed

currently in the US

$103,760 annual wage

US, median ($49.89 hourly)

What they do

Research, design, develop, or test electronic components and systems for commercial, industrial, military, or scientific use employing knowledge of electronic theory and materials properties. Design electronic circuits and components for use in fields such as telecommunications, aerospace guidance and propulsion control, acoustics, or instruments and controls. Excludes “Computer Hardware Engineers" (17-2061).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 2.5% likely to be automated. It ranks 98 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 136,300 people have this job. They earn $103,760 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $14,142,488,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $49.89.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 3.7% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 141,300 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).