Semiconductors and nanotechnology are the foundation of modern electronics and have revolutionized the way we work, communicate, travel, harness energy, and treat illness. The industry supports one million American jobs and invested $33 billion in research and development in 2013, a sign that the industry is poised for continued growth.
- Assembler and fabricator
- Electrical and electronics engineering technician
- Machinist and tool and die maker
- Quality control inspector
- Electromechanical technician
As of May 2012, the median salary for an electromechanical technician was $33,360, while the top 10 percent earned more than $76,590.
Keys to Succeeding
- Clear communication skills
- Ability to modify specifications to fit a particular application
- Good eye for detail
- Science skills and a sound understanding of chemical composition