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Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment)

What they do?

Electronic service technicians perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Install, maintain and repair household and business electronic equipment, such as televisions, radios, video cassette recorders, stereo equipment, photocopiers, computers and peripherals

B. Inspect and test electronic equipment, components and assemblies using multimeters, circuit testers, oscilloscopes, logic probes and other electronic test instruments, tools and equipment

C. Diagnose and locate circuit, component and equipment faults

D. Adjust, align, replace or repair electronic equipment, assemblies and components following equipment manuals and schematics, and using soldering tools and other hand and power tools

E. Complete work orders, test and maintenance reports

F. May supervise other electronic equipment service technicians.

Where they find work?

1. Other services (except public administration) - 17.0%
2. Wholesale trade - 17.0%
3. Retail trade - 13.0%
4. Administrative and support waste management and remediation services - 8.0%
5. Computer systems design and related services - 7.0%
6. Construction - 6.0%
7. Educational services - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. To be an electronic service technician, you usually need a two-to three-year college program in electronics, or a four-year apprenticeship program in electronic servicing and repair, or a high school diploma plus college courses in electronics and on-the-job training.

2. Trade certification for an electronic technician - consumer products is mandatory in Alberta and available, but voluntary, in the rest of the provinces/territories except Quebec.

3. As a qualified electronics technician - consumer products, you may obtain interprovincial (Red Seal) trade certification that provides you with job mobility throughout the country.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Math
2. English
3. Sciences
4. Industrial Arts (Electronics)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) is $19.98/HR, which is below average for occupations in the natural and applied sciences and related occupations and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) wages

Expected Wage by Age

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Wage By Age

Unemployment:

5% of Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.

Unemployment

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) is considered Above Average because:

1. Demand is increasing because many manufacturing companies have recently converted to advanced technologies.

2. The rate of wage growth is above average.

3. The unemployment rate is average (5%).

4. The number of job openings exceeds the number of job seekers, and many new entrants are recent graduates.

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Above Average because:

1. Demand will likely be above average because manufacturers should continue to convert to advanced technologies.

2. Demand will likely be strongest in the wholesale and computer sectors.

3. The retirement rate will likely be close to average.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) are found in Quebec and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (28%) is close to the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Customer service

2. Business practices

3. Communication skills

Part Time Workers

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Part Time Workers

Part time workers:


7% of Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 144,200 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 110% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Age Demographics

Age Demographics:


The younger-than-average age (37) of worker will likely result in a below-average retirement rate to 2009.

Self Employed

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Self Employed

Self Employed:


Roughly 10% of Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) Men vs Women

Men vs Women:


16% of the individuals employed as Electronic Service Technicians (Household and Business Equipment) are women. Compared to other industries, this is Average.