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Guide to Earning an Online Associates Degree in Electronics

written by: sdoy79•edited by: Sylvia Cochran•updated: 5/31/2009

Being an Electronic Technician will throw you into the new age of one of technology’s fastest evolving fields. You can get an online associates degree in electronics from an accredited school and make a career switch or just go after an education you will love.

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    Courses for an Associates Degree in Electronics

    If you are not yet an electrical guru, do not fret. The class structures for an associates degree in electronics will start with the basics and work you to more advanced electrical classes. Some classes you can expect to take are:

    • Technology Orientation
    • Fundamentals of Electronics
    • Electronic Circuits
    • Drafting with AutoCAD
    • Quality Control Systems

    Remember, since this field is ever evolving, keep yourself competitive with continuing education courses after graduation whenever possible.

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    What Types of Jobs are Out There?

    The nice part of getting your online Associates Degree in electronics is you can earn it quickly and then continue your education at a later time after you land a job. That being said, there are many different paths you can take with your degree. Capitalize on your interests; you will know where your strengths are after you complete you degree.

    Here is a list of possible career paths you can take:

    • Product evaluation and testing
    • Use of measuring and diagnostic devices to adjust, test, and repair equipment
    • Build or set up electronic equipment
    • Prepare and conduct experiments
    • Collect data
    • Assist engineers or scientists, such as making prototype versions of newly designed equipment.
    • Assist in design work using computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) equipment.
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    Job Growth and Salary Projections

    There were 16,000 electro-mechanical technicians employed in 2006. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, this field will experience about a three percent growth over the next decade through 2016. The median salary was $44,720.

    Keep in mind that you will run into tough competition in this field, since the economy is globalized and we are competing with other countries with workers who have the same training as you, as electrical technicians. Keep up to date within your field constantly and learn as much as you can on the job and with the help of continuing education classes.

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    Earning your Associates Degree in Electronics Online

    It is possible to take all of your associate’s degree in electronics courses online. This gives you more flexibility with your time and work schedule. Research costs of credits, accreditation, and specific admissions requirements for online colleges you are considering. Listed below are a couple of accredited colleges that offer an online associates degree in electronics. Good luck with your career in electronics technology!

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    Accredited Colleges Offering an Associates Degree in Electronics Technology

    Penn Foster College

    Cleveland Institute of Electronics