A national survey of U.S. employers, conducted at the University of North Texas Survey Research Center, has identified more than 1,500 current jobs for photonics techs that need to be filled this year. This need will increase by 4,100 more new jobs over the next five years. Employers polled for this study in early 2012 said that jobs for photonics techs were available and not being filled. The average starting salary exceeds $41,000.
OP-TEC collaborates with multiple optics and photonics-related professional and technical society partners throughout the nation.
These partners provide OP‑TEC valuable support in many areas.
Photonics Job Listings
OSA Job Postings WORKinOPTICS
SPIE Job Postings SPIE CAREER CENTER
OP‑TEC is currently seeking colleges and employers interested in providing employed technicians a hybrid, online course in optics and laser fundamentals. This course provides a foundation for developing a basic understanding of the use of optics and photonics and will enhance the skills of technicians already employed in photonics-related industries.