The electronics industry is very diverse and has evolved into several specialisms. The key areas of specialism which can be seen as careers include
- the assembly and wiring of electronic products;
- the designing of prototype circuits to specifications and/or to solve specified technical problems;
- the installation and commissioning of equipment including the provision of customer support;
- service and maintenance which includes service at customer/repair/service-depot locations and remotely; and
- monitoring and testing to specifications: circuits, sub-assemblies and systems. Approving: circuits, sub-assemblies, systems as fit-for-purpose or meeting government regulations.
The electronics specialist will work with a wide range of tools. These tools are often specialised, and include measurement test equipment. Computers and specialist software development tools are used to create programs for embedded systems, programmable devices and desktop systems. In addition, tasks will also require the use of specialist hand tools for the assembly and maintenance and rework of circuits.