Industry Demand for Two-Year College Graduates in Optics and Photonics Technology
A 2012 Industry Survey of Current and Future Demand for Two-Year Degreed Photonics Technicians
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.
The 2012 study, commissioned by OP-TEC, the National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, targeted 4,217 U.S. employers.
Photonics technicians, educated and trained at U.S. community colleges, are proficient in the scientific principles of optics, fiber-optics and lasers, and the processes and equipment incorporating these devices in electronic and electro-optics systems used for manufacturing, defense, homeland security, medical equipment, telecommunications, environmental monitoring, lighting, displays and entertainment.