Semiconductor Technicians

Semiconductor Technician Displays a Microchip

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 settings, they assist in the design and planning for later production or help to improve production yields. Semiconductor technicians are also known as semiconductor processors. Approximately 367,000 people are employed in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Semiconductor Development Technicians, Semiconductor Processors, Semiconductor Process Technicians
Duties Fabricate and process semiconductor wafers; test semiconductor devices and identify flaws and problems in the material and design
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are strongest in California, Texas, Oregon, and Washington
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Technical/Shop
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Poor
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Decline
Career Ladder
  • Engineer or Designer
  • Manager
  • Senior Semiconductor Technician
  • Semiconductor Technician
  • Trainee