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Electronics Engineers

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Electronics engineers are expected to have average employment growth, about 3 percent, through 2029, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. Computer hardware engineers will have slower than average employment growth, 2 percent, in the coming years. The coronavirus pandemic in 2020 has negatively affected most industries, causing an economic slowdown. The semiconductor and circuit manufacturing industry, for exampled, is expected to have a decline in revenue in 2020 due to a drop in demand for electronics manufacturing. A slowdown in international trade activity is also expected, further reducing revenue for this sector. Although demand for electronics should eventually increase, competition from foreign countries and a decline in manufacturing in the U.S. will tend to limit job growth for electronics engineers in the United States. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that growth will "occur largely in professional, scientific, and technical service firms, as more companies are expected to tap the expertise of engineers for projects involving electronic devices and systems. These engineers also will be in demand to develop sophisticated consumer electronics." There will also be good opportunities for engineers in solar arrays, semiconductors, and communications technologies.

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