Photonics Technicians

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
64%
risk level
POLLING
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LABOR DEMAND *
GROWTH
2.1%
by year 2032
WAGES
$73,500
or $35.33 per hour
Volume
66,200
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other.

SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
4.6/10

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Automation risk

64% (High Risk)

High Risk (61-80%): Jobs in this category face a significant threat from automation, as many of their tasks can be easily automated using current or near-future technologies.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

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Growth

Slow growth relative to other professions.

The number of 'Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other' job openings is expected to rise 2.1% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

High paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other' was $73,500, or $35 per hour

'Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other' were paid 52.9% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Moderate range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 66,200 people employed as 'Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 2 thousand people are employed as 'Engineering Technologists and Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other'.

Job description

Build, install, test, or maintain optical or fiber optic equipment, such as lasers, lenses, or mirrors, using spectrometers, interferometers, or related equipment.

SOC Code: 17-3029.08

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