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Photonics Engineers

Design technologies specializing in light information or light energy, such as laser or fiber optics technology.   (O'Net 17-2199.07)

 
Reported job titles:   Electro Optical Engineer, Electro-optical Engineer, Electro-optics Engineer, Fiber Optics Engineer, Laser Engineer, Laser Systems Engineer   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                          - Biochemical Engineers
                          - Validation Engineers
                          - Energy Engineers
                          - Manufacturing Engineers
                          - Mechatronics Engineers
                          - Microsystems Engineers
                          - Photonics Engineers
                          - Robotics Engineers
                          - Nanosystems Engineers
                          - Wind Energy Engineers
                          - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 26.90   $ 34.13   $ 40.97   $ 46.71   $ 50.54   $ 40.21  
    Yearly $55,950   $70,990   $85,210   $97,150   $105,130   $83,630  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 24.98   $ 32.60   $ 41.09   $ 47.24   $ 54.16   $ 40.55  
    Yearly $51,950   $67,810   $85,470   $98,250   $112,650   $84,350  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 31.24   $ 34.67   $ 39.83   $ 44.48   $ 47.37   $ 38.45  
    Yearly $64,970   $72,110   $82,850   $92,510   $98,530   $79,970  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                  - Biochemical Engineers
                                  - Validation Engineers
                                  - Energy Engineers
                                  - Manufacturing Engineers
                                  - Mechatronics Engineers
                                  - Microsystems Engineers
                                  - Photonics Engineers
                                  - Robotics Engineers
                                  - Nanosystems Engineers
                                  - Wind Energy Engineers
                                  - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 64 63 -0.2% 1
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Engineers, All Other which includes:
                                - Biochemical Engineers
                                - Validation Engineers
                                - Energy Engineers
                                - Manufacturing Engineers
                                - Mechatronics Engineers
                                - Microsystems Engineers
                                - Photonics Engineers
                                - Robotics Engineers
                                - Nanosystems Engineers
                                - Wind Energy Engineers
                                - Solar Energy Systems Engineers
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Federal government, all industries 21.1%
    Architectural, engineering, and related services 11.5%
    Scientific research and development services 6.5%
    Administrative and support services 6.4%
    Transportation equipment manufacturing 6.4%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Design, integrate, or test photonics systems or components.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
     
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Knowledge
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Physics - Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Skills
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Mathematics - Using mathematics to solve problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Operations Analysis - Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Mathematical Reasoning - The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Number Facility - The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Originality - The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Work Activities
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information - Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
     
  • Thinking Creatively - Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Interests
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Artistic - Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Innovation - Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Photonics Engineers
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Engineer Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Professional Engineering
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Photonics Engineers
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Photonics Engineers  updated June 2009
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Photonics Engineers
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Engineering Physics/Applied Physics.
     
    • Laser and Optical Engineering. (NEW)
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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