Semiconductor Technicians


Overview

Semiconductor Technicians

Introduction

Semiconductor technicians are highly skilled workers who test new kinds of semiconductor devices (which are commonly known as integrated circuits or microchips) being designed for use in many kinds of modern electronic equipment. They may also test samples of devices already in production to assess production techniques. They help develop and evaluate the test equipment used to gather information about the semiconductor devices. Working under the direction provided by engineers in research laboratory set...

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Median Salary

$38,060

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Employment Prospects

Poor

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

On-the-job training


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Semiconductor processing technicians (a category that includes semiconductor technicians) earned a median hourly wage of $18.30, or $38,060 a year, in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Ten percent of all workers earned less than $12.94 an hour ($26,910 a year), while the top 10 percent earned $30.86 or more an hour ($64,190 a year or more). Technicians earning higher salaries...

Work Environment

The work of semiconductor technicians is not physically strenuous and is usually done in an extremely clean environment. Technicians may work with hazardous chemicals, however, and proper safety precautions must be strictly followed. Because of the large demand for semiconductors and related devices, many facilities operate with two 12-hour shifts, meaning that a technician may be assigned to t...

Outlook

IBISWorld estimated that semiconductor and circuit manufacturing industry employment had grown 0.8 percent between 2015 and 2020. However, it had declined 1.7 percent in 2020. The firm anticipated that stagnation would occur in the industry because of competition from Asia and more companies deciding to relocate operations offshore. Falling exports and rising imports were expected to hurt semic...

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