Electronics Trades Workers

ANZSCO ID 3423

Overview

Snapshot

Employed
23,400
Future Growth
-4.2%
Weekly Earnings
$1,415
Full-Time Share
81%
Female Share
6%
Average age
39

Summary

Electronics Trades Workers maintain, adjust and repair electronic equipment such as business machines, video and audio equipment, and electronic instruments and control systems, and transmit and receive radio messages.

Tasks

  • examining and testing machines, equipment, instruments and control systems to diagnose faults

  • adjusting, repairing, and replacing worn and defective parts and wiring, and maintaining machines, equipment and instruments

  • reassembling, test operating and adjusting equipment

  • advising users of correct operating procedures to prevent malfunctions

  • receiving messages by interpreting code and converting to plain language, and writing and typing messages for transmission

  • monitoring radio traffic, and transmitting and receiving voice messages

  • installing electronic instruments and control systems

  • applying knowledge of electrical, electronic, mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic principles in commissioning and maintaining control systems

Characteristics

Job Type
Technicians And Trades Workers
Skill Level
Medium skill
ANZSCO Occupation group
Unemployment Rate
Above average
Industries
Pathway(s)
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Informal or on-the-job
Interests
  • Practical
  • Analytical
  • Administrative
Physical Demand
  • Sedentary
  • Light
  • Medium

Outlook

Employment Outlook

The NSC produces employment projections to show where likely future job opportunities may be. The latest data are for the five years from November 2021 to November 2026. Over this period, the number of workers:

  • is expected to decline
  • is likely to reach 20,100 by 2026.

Source: National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.

Notes: The number employed includes people who work in this occupation as their main job. People who work in more than one job are counted against the occupation they work the most hours in.

Employment projections figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Calculations based on these rounded figures may result in differences to the numbers that are displayed on this page. Employment projections data (including occupations) can be downloaded from the Employment Projections page.

Projected Change
-4.2%
(or -900 jobs)
From
21,000
in 2021
To
20,100
in 2026

Number of Workers

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.
Year Employment
2011 36,500
2012 32,500
2013 36,000
2014 31,400
2015 30,800
2016 30,400
2017 26,900
2018 26,700
2019 23,600
2020 32,000
2021 21,000
2026 20,100

Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, ABS seasonally adjusted data to November 2021 and National Skills Commission Employment Projections to 2026.


Earnings and hours

Working arrangements

  • Around 81% of people employed as Electronics Trades Workers work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 15 percentage points above the all jobs average (66%).

    Full-time workers work an average of 43 hours per week in their main job. This is similar to the all jobs average (44 hours per week).

    Median full-time earnings are $1,415 per week, this is much lower than the all jobs median ($1,593):

    • 3 in 4 workers earn more than $1,125
    • 1 in 4 earn more than $1,962

    Median hourly earnings are $34, this is lower than the all jobs median ($41 per hour).

    Sources: Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average. Full-time median earnings and median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021. Compared to all jobs median.

Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.
Earnings Electronics Trades Workers All Jobs Average
Full-Time Earnings 1,415 1,593
Total Earnings 0 0

Source: Based on ABS Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2021, Customised Report. Median weekly total cash earnings for full-time non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate. Earnings are before tax and include amounts salary sacrificed. Earnings can vary greatly depending on the skills and experience of the worker and the demands of the role. These figures should be used as a guide only, not to determine a wage rate.


Industries

Main industries

1
Other Services
24.7%
2
Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
17.6%
3
Construction
15.0%
4
Public Administration and Safety
11.0%
5
Other industries
32.2%

Regions

Employment across Australia

NSW

32.2% All occupations: 31.6%

VIC

24.4% All occupations: 25.6%

QLD

21.0% All occupations: 20.0%

SA

6.0% All occupations: 7.0%

WA

11.1% All occupations: 10.8%

TAS

1.5% All occupations: 2.0%

NT

1.7% All occupations: 1.0%

ACT

2.2% All occupations: 1.9%

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

State Electronics Trades Workers All Jobs Average
NSW 32.2 31.6
VIC 24.4 25.6
QLD 21.0 20.0
SA 6.0 7.0
WA 11.1 10.8
TAS 1.5 2.0
NT 1.7 1.0
ACT 2.2 1.9


  • Around 65% of Electronics Trades Workers live in capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 62%.

    The region with the largest share of workers is Melbourne - South East.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Worker profile

Age and gender

Age In Years
39
All Jobs Average is 40
Female Share
6%
All Jobs Average is 48%
  • The median age of Electronics Trades Workers is 39 years. This is similar to the all jobs average of 40 years.

    A large share of workers are aged 25 to 34 years.

    Females make up 6% of the workforce. This is 42 percentage points below the all jobs average of 48%.

    Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age Bracket Electronics Trades Workers All Jobs Average
15-19 2.5 5.0
20-24 10.2 9.3
25-34 26.2 22.9
35-44 22.6 22.0
45-54 21.1 21.6
55-59 8.6 9.0
60-64 5.6 6.0
65 and Over 3.1 4.2
Median Age 39 40

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.


Employment Pathways

Education, training and experience

A certificate III in engineering mechanical trade or similar is usually needed to work as an Electronics Trades Worker.

Visit

  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Electrotechnology VET training pathways.

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of Qualification Electronics Trades Workers All Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 3.0 10.1
Bachelor degree 12.2 21.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma 16.8 11.6
Certificate III/IV 38.0 21.1
Year 12 19.6 18.1
Year 11 3.7 4.8
Year 10 and below 6.6 12.5

Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.


Skills and Knowledge

Employers look for Electronics Trades Workers who are reliable, work well in a team and have a strong work ethic.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  • 57%

    Operation monitoring

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  • 57%

    Quality control analysis

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  • 57%

    Reading comprehension

    Reading work related information.

  • 55%

    Repairing

    Fixing machines or systems.

  • 55%

    Troubleshooting

    Figuring out why a machine or system went wrong and working out what to do about it.

  • 54%

    Equipment maintenance

    Maintaining equipment and deciding what maintenance will be needed in the future.

  • 52%

    Critical thinking

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  • 50%

    Complex problem solving

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  • 50%

    Operation and control

    Controlling equipment or systems.

  • 48%

    Active listening

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  • 48%

    Equipment selection

    Deciding on the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.

  • 48%

    Installation

    Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs.

  • 46%

    Judgment and decision making

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  • 46%

    Monitoring

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  • 46%

    Systems analysis

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  • 45%

    Coordination with others

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  • 45%

    Speaking

    Talking to others.

  • 43%

    Active learning

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  • 43%

    Writing

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  • 41%

    Persuasion

    Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.


Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  • 75%

    Computers and electronics

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  • 75%

    Mechanical

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  • 70%

    Engineering and technology

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  • 63%

    Technical design

    Design techniques, tools, and principles used to make detailed technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.

  • 61%

    Mathematics

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  • 59%

    Education and training

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  • 57%

    Building and construction

    Materials, and methods used to construct or repair houses, buildings, or other structures like highways and roads.

  • 56%

    Physics

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  • 55%

    English language

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • 50%

    Production and processing

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  • 46%

    Customer and personal service

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  • 45%

    Chemistry

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  • 45%

    Public safety and security

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  • 43%

    Clerical

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  • 41%

    Telecommunications

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

  • 35%

    Administration and management

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  • 30%

    Law and government

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  • 27%

    Communications and media

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  • 26%

    Personnel and human resources

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  • 23%

    Transportation

    Moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road.


Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities..

  • 57%

    Deductive reasoning

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  • 57%

    Near vision

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  • 57%

    Categorising

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  • 57%

    Oral comprehension

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  • 57%

    Visualization

    Imagine how something will look after it is moved around or changed.

  • 55%

    Finger dexterity

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  • 55%

    Problem spotting

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  • 55%

    Colour discrimination

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  • 55%

    Flexibility of closure

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  • 55%

    Sorting or ordering

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  • 55%

    Written comprehension

    Read and understand written information.

  • 52%

    Inductive reasoning

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  • 52%

    Perceptual speed

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  • 52%

    Oral expression

    Communicate by speaking.

  • 50%

    Manual dexterity

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  • 48%

    Arm-hand steadiness

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  • 46%

    Selective attention

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  • 45%

    Control precision

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  • 43%

    Brainstorming

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  • 43%

    Speech clarity

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.


Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  • 82%

    Working with electronic equipment

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  • 71%

    Handling and moving objects

    Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, moving and manipulating objects.

  • 69%

    Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  • 68%

    Working with mechanical equipment

    Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment.

  • 68%

    Monitoring people, processes and things

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  • 65%

    Planning and prioritising work

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  • 64%

    Building good relationships

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  • 63%

    Communicating within a team

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  • 63%

    Documenting or recording information

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  • 63%

    Making decisions and solving problems

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  • 61%

    Looking for changes over time

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  • 60%

    Controlling equipment or machines

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  • 60%

    Checking for errors or defects

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  • 59%

    Working with computers

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  • 57%

    Thinking creatively

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  • 57%

    Doing physically active work

    Use your arms, legs and whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling objects.

  • 57%

    Collecting and organising information

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  • 56%

    Making sense of information and ideas

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  • 54%

    Researching and investigating

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  • 53%

    Checking compliance with standards

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.


Interests and demands

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  • 100%

    Practical

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  • 76%

    Analytical

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  • 67%

    Administrative

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  • 38%

    Enterprising

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

  • 33%

    Creative

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  • 14%

    Helping

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.


Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
  • 67%

    Support

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  • 62%

    Independence

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  • 62%

    Working conditions

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  • 48%

    Achievement

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  • 43%

    Recognition

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  • 43%

    Relationships

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.


Demands

The physical and social demands that workers face most often are shown below:
  • 99%

    Wear common protective or safety equipment

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  • 95%

    Face-to-face discussions

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  • 93%

    Indoors, heat controlled

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  • 91%

    Freedom to make decisions

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  • 91%

    Contact with people

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  • 88%

    Unstructured work

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  • 86%

    Being exact or accurate

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  • 85%

    Electronic mail

    Use electronic mail.

  • 85%

    Telephone

    Talk on the telephone.

  • 85%

    Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  • 79%

    Loud or uncomfortable sounds

    Be exposed to noises and sounds that are distracting or uncomfortable.

  • 79%

    Exposure to contaminants

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  • 74%

    Lead or coordinate a team

    Lead others to do work activities.

  • 72%

    Health and safety of others

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  • 72%

    Responsible for outcomes

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  • 72%

    Impact of decisions

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  • 72%

    Letters and memos

    Write letters and memos.

  • 71%

    Frequent decision making

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  • 71%

    Physically close to people

    Work physically close to other people.

  • 71%

    Teamwork

    Work with people in a group or team.

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