The Future of Semiconductor Jobs

Nov 04, 2014

They’re found in everything – from the watches we wear, to the computers we work on, to the vehicles we drive. Semiconductor technology has helped industries transform and played a huge role in the history of communication technology. Today, electronic devices are smaller, faster and more reliable, thanks to semiconductors engineering jobs.

We expect to be able to transmit and receive information at high rates. Along with the speed of information increasing, so is the growth of the semiconductor industry and semiconductor jobs.

Since 2012-2013, the industry grew almost 5%—from $291.6 billion to $305.6 billion. The semiconductor industry has been called this generation’s technology enabler and generates $1.2 billion in electronic systems and $5 billion in services annually. For those who do not have a semiconductor-enabled calculator, that represents 10% of the world GDP.

An analysis by the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) using government data, evidences the amazing impact that semiconductor technology has on job creation, economic growth and global competitiveness.

“The U.S. semiconductor industry supports more than 1 million American jobs, drives economic growth, and leads the global market, but our competitors abroad are working hard to attract the world’s top innovators and job-creators,” said Brian Toohey, SIA president and CEO.

As the foundation of modern technology, the semiconductor industry is broad-based and continuing to grow and make impact.

A large portion of future semiconductor jobs are projected to be in aerospace manufacturing, medical technology and nanotechnology. For students or prospective students looking to study semiconductor technology, your degree may or may not require an internship as part of your graduation. However, professional experience is key to standing out in the field of semiconductor engineering. Take advantage of internships, on-campus opportunities, research projects and research competitions and other opportunities that allow you to apply your learning and demonstrate your skills.

To learn more about the study of semiconductor technology, check out Florida Polytechnic University’s electrical engineer degree.

Lydia Guzman
Assistant Director of Communications