If your eyes light up at the thought of a career working with electricity, a degree in electronics leading to a career as an
Electrical Technician may be a great fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Electrical Technician students typically pursue an associate degree (2 years), which takes two years to complete and is
usually less expensive per semester than a bachelor's degree. In this field, an associate degree typically leads to employment
as an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician, though there is the option to continue your education and pursue a
bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, leading to positions as an Electrical and Electronics Engineer. Master's degrees
in this industry usually lead to management positions.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in math and science coursework
helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Experience working with electronics through a job or
an extracurricular club/organization is also highly valued. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a school.
Career Opportunities After Earning An Electrical Technician Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree as an Electrical Technician include:
- Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician
- Electrical and Electronics Engineer
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for an Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technician
was $65,260 in 2019 while Electrical and Electronics Engineers earned a median salary of $101,250 in 2019. 1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Electrical and Electronics Engineering Technicians,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/architecture-and-engineering/electrical-and-electronics-engineering-technicians.htm (visited June 9, 2020).