Semiconductor Technicians

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 376,040 people are employed in the semiconductor manufacturing industry. 

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

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