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Electronics Service Technicians
Because the demand for and use of consumer electronics equipment—especially home entertainment equipment—is expected to increase, employment of electronics service technicians is expected to grow about as fast the average for all occupations through 2020, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. However, the need for repair of items such as high definition televisions and digital cameras should be somewhat limited; the reason for this is partly the improving quality and durability of today's electronics products. As manufacturers find ways to make their products better, fewer and less frequent repairs are needed. Also, lower costs make it often more sensible for consumers to replace their malfunctioning equipment than to repair it. Rapidly evolving technologies mean that many consumer electronics products are obsolete by the time they begin to malfunction—and will be replaced by the latest new product. This spurs many consumers to simply move on to the most recent product rather than repair an existing one.