Careers in Electronic Components

One of the key reasons the ECIA Foundation exists is to build awareness of the electronics industry and promote careers. Member companies manage their list of opportunities on their own websites and on job search sites like LinkedIn.

To review opportunities at a particular company, visit the Member Company Openings page.

Interested In an Industry Career?

Whether it's engineering, sales, marketing or logistics – the opportunities are outstanding!

There are some common skill sets that are key:

  • Effective communication skills – with an increase in the documentation and instructions used in the workplace, clear and concise communication is a requirement.
  • Interpersonal skills – you need to know how to effectively work as part of a team and work with customers to identify needs and provide solutions.
  • Technical knowledge – whatever technical expertise is vital to the job, you need to understand how to apply this to solving practical problems.
  • Organizational skills – being able to prioritize tasks, manage time effectively and resource planning are key
  • Enthusiasm and commitment – you need to be adept at assimilating a lot of new information.

More importantly, employers are looking for someone who is well rounded, takes an active interest in and has an understanding of the industry. They want to see that you have the motivation, drive and ambition to make an impact within their company.

The industry presents limitless possibilities:

  • Exciting creative future
  • The lowest unemployment rate of any industry
  • Highest rate of income for EE
  • Ability to work anywhere in the world – from your own city or across the globe

We're Searching for Someone Like You

Electronic component manufacturers, distributors and manufacturer rep firms offer challenging career opportunities for college graduates. This global industry is actively seeking to recruit new talent from the recent graduate pool. There are a number of job functions well suited to college graduates with degrees in Industrial Distribution, Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Business, Supply Chain, Technical Sales and Logistics.

Typically, entry positions are trainees or junior managers in industrial sales, product inventory management, marketing and operations. The industry offers competitive compensation packages and advancement opportunities. Additional career opportunities can be found in the following functional areas:

  • Accounting: Accounts payable, Accounts receivable, etc.
  • Finance: Financial analyst, Investor Relations; Global Finance Operations
  • Trade Compliance: Import/Export Specialist; Strategic Accounts; National Accounts Manager, Strategic Accounts Manager
  • Supply Chain Management: SCM Specialist, SCM Program Manager
  • Web Development
  • HR/Training & Development
  • Legal

The opportunities highlighted below are not all-inclusive. Salary ranges were compiled from data collected in the 2010 Compensation Study conducted by the National Electronic Distributors Association and depend on company size.

Account/Sales Representative

  • Sell products and services
  • Communicate the firm's value proposition to customers
  • Create market awareness and demand for products and services

Business Analyst

  • Generate analyses for electronic business transactions including: stock checks, quotes, orders, order changes, expedites, RMAs, and order status checks
  • Develop electronic presentations to communicate analysis results

Credit Manager

  • Establish credit terms for customers to minimize financial loses and control risks
  • Recruiting, training, and development of staff of credit analysts
  • Coordinate collection attempts
  • Interact with sales, customer service and order processing personnel
  • Financial analysis and reporting to senior management

Technical Account/Sales Representative

  • Provide technical support to customers in order to sell products and services.
  • Participate in and/or conduct technical training for customers
  • Identify and qualify design opportunities and assist in design registration and design win documentation

Inside Sales Representative

  • Provide proactive support to customers within assigned account list through in-bound and out-bound support activities.
  • Support the customer and outside sales force
  • Sales prospecting and lead follow through

Operations Specialist/Manager

  • Responsible for performing and/or directing the activities of distribution center associates in processing customer orders to meet objectives including warehouse safety, quality, and productivity

Product Manager

  • Responsible for promoting and supporting either the supplier(s) product line or specific product family(ies)
  • Work with the supplier(s), sales force, and management to develop, implement, and execute the joint supplier/product business plan

Quality Assurance Manager

  • Assure that delivered products and/or services conform to contractual requirements
  • Develop, administer, maintain and distribute poilicies, procedures, work instructions, and form to ensure adherence to company goals
  • Review product and process problems and procedures and make recommendations for corrective action and imporvment
  • Responsiblefor coordination and facilitation of company quality initiatives such as ISO, Total Quality or Baldridge assessments

Learn more about different careers options — view these YouTube videos from some members of the industry:

Digi-Key: from the Finance perspective. Digi-Key: from a Purchasing and Operations perspective.
Digi-Key: from a Technical Support perspective.
Arrow Electronics
Marsh Electronics

Links to universities that offer a variety of industry-related degree programs:

Arizona State University
Arizona State University Online Engineering Management
Central Washington University
East Carolina University
Eastern Michigan University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Purdue University
Texas A&M University
Texas Christian University
University of Houston
University of Houston - Downtown
University of Nebraska-Kearney