Studying Electronics at school will teach you about the design, assembly and testing of circuits and electronic products, as well as introduce you to computer programming. These skills will be useful in a career as an electrical or electronics engineer/technician, computer or robotics engineer, or in the digital/IT industries generally.

If you enjoy Electronics, why not explore one of the jobs featured on this page?

You can also read the stories of people who studied Electronics when they were at school.

What is Electronics?

The Technology curriculum is often taught as a number of different subjects, including Electronics as well as Design & Visual Communication and Materials Technology, but there are core elements that are common to all. These include the key concept of ‘intervention by design’ and exploring the ‘what’, ‘why’ and ‘how’ of the process by which humans make things and shape their environment.

Students learn about how functional combinations of hardware and embedded software in the real world – circuits, prototypes or products – are developed, assembled and tested.

Some schools offer Electronics as a separate Technology subject, while others may teach some electronics knowledge and skills within general Technology or Science classes.

Why should I take Electronics at school?

Studying Electronics at school is good preparation for tertiary study in Electronic, Electrical, Mechatronic, Computer, Network and Mobile Systems Engineering, as well as Information Technology and science subjects including Physics and Computer Science, although it is not a required subject for entry into any of these courses.

You'll need Maths (especially Calculus and Algebra) and Physics to get into engineering courses, and a good background in Maths is necessary to study Computer Science. English is another good subject to take, as you'll always need to be able to communicate with clients and work in teams.

Job roles that use Electronics

  • Building Services Engineer

    Building Services Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Computer Systems Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Design/Product Development Engineer

    Electrical Engineer

    Electrical Engineer
  • Electronics Engineer/Technician

    Electronics Engineer/Technician



    ICT Support Professional

    ICT Support Professional

    Physicist or Medical Physicist

    Physicist or Medical Physicist
  • Power Systems Engineer

    Power Systems Engineer

    Product Evaluator

    Product Evaluator

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Robotics or Automation Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer

    Software Developer/Engineer
  • Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Telecommunications/Network Engineer

    Traffic Signals Engineer

    Traffic Signals Engineer

People who studied Electronics

  • Sam Lowry

    Graduate Electrical Engineer, Sam Lowry at work

    Tony Li

    Forestry Consultant, Tony Li at work

    Ali Hassan

    Mechanical Engineer, Ali Hassan at work

    Tim Jessup

    Electrical/Electronics Engineer, Tim Jessup at work
  • Devatanu Deka

    Systems Engineer, Devatanu Deka at work

    Carey Bishop

    Senior Software Engineer, Carey Bishop at work

    Emile Webster

    Research Scientist, Emile Webster at work

    Imran Rashid

    Traffic Signals Engineer, Imran Rashid at work
  • Brendan Vercoelen

    Product Development Engineer, Brendan Vercoelen at work

    Douglas McMillan

    Air Traffic Technician, Douglas McMillan at work

    Zul Zakaria

    Radio Communication Engineer, Zul Zakaria at work

    Ben Foote

    Fleet & Asset Engineer, Ben Foote at work
  • Matthew Kininmonth

    Service Information Developer, Matthew Kininmonth at work

    Helen Jamieson (nee Burnett)

    IS Field Support, Helen Jamieson (nee Burnett) at work

    Mohammed AL-Mandhari

    Power Systems Engineer, Mohammed AL-Mandhari at work

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