Avionics Engineers and Technicians

Avionics (from the words aviation and electronics) is the application of electronics to the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles. Avionics engineers conduct research and solve developmental problems associated with aviation, such as instrument landing systems and other safety instruments. Avionics engineers are a subspecialty of the field of aerospace engineering. There are approximately 71,500 aerospace engineers in the United States.

Avionics technicians inspect, test, adjust, and repair the electronic components of aircraft communications, navigation, and flight-control systems and compile complete maintenance-and-overhaul records for the work they do. Avionics technicians also calibrate and adjust the frequencies of communications apparatus when it is installed and perform periodic checks on those frequency settings. Avionics technicians hold about 17,100 jobs.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Conduct research and solve developmental problems associated with electronics in the operation of aircraft, spacecraft, and missiles (engineers); inspect, test, adjust, and repair the electronic components of aircraft systems and provide support to engineers (technicians)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Realistic
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Avionics Engineering Supervisor/Manager or College Professor
  • Avionics Engineer
  • Junior Avionics Engineer
  • Avionics Technician

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