Photonics Engineers

Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.

Median Annual Wage: $94,240

Education: Bachelor's degree (54%); Master's degree (25%); Doctoral degree (13%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: System Engineer; Laser Engineer; Optical Design Engineer; Optical Engineer; Optical Engineering Manager; Optical Scientist; Optical Systems Engineer; Optoelectronics Engineer; Process Engineering and Metrology Manager; Technology Director

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Photonics Engineers.

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  • Develop optical or imaging systems, such as optical imaging products, optical components, image processes, signal process technologies, or optical systems.
  • Analyze system performance or operational requirements.
  • Write reports or research proposals.
  • Assist in the transition of photonic prototypes to production.
  • Develop or test photonic prototypes or models.
  • Conduct testing to determine functionality or optimization or to establish limits of photonics systems or components.
  • Design electro-optical sensing or imaging systems.
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Determine applications of photonics appropriate to meet product objectives or features.
  • Document design processes including objectives, issues, and outcomes.
  • Oversee or provide expertise on manufacturing, assembly, or fabrication processes.
  • Train operators, engineers, or other personnel.
  • Determine commercial, industrial, scientific, or other uses for electro-optical applications or devices.
  • Design gas lasers, solid state lasers, infrared, or other light emitting or light sensitive devices.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Photonics Engineers.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Systems Analysis - Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Photonics Engineers.

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