Since Lee De Forest invented the vacuum tube in 1907 one of the central engineering disciplines has been electronics. With the invention of the transistor at Bell Labs in 1947 electronic engineering has taken on an importance to modern society that has never waned.
Electronic engineering is a broad field that encompasses many subfields including electronic devices, circuit design, control systems, telecommunications, computer systems and embedded software. High demand exists for qualified professional electronic engineers in areas such as defence, medicine, telecommunications, building, manufacturing and mining.
There is already a substantial shortage of electronic engineers in South Australia. South Australia's Technology Industry Association (TIA) indicates that the electronics-based industries will continue to grow rapidly with a sustainable growth rate of 20% per year and with exports in excess of $1 billion per annum. The Electronics and IT sectors together employ about 18,000 people in South Australia. However, the electronics industry strategic plan also identifies the shortage of skilled personnel as the most significant factor that could limit the growth and development of SA's electronics industry (source: TIA).
For more information about a career as a electronic engineer have a look at the following sites:
- The University's careers site for electronic engineering.
- To get a professional view have a look at the pages of the ITEE College of Engineers Australia.
- Finally, the Wikipedia electronic engineering entry may provide some useful information.