Photonics Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.07

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Electro Optical Engineer
  • Electro-optical Engineer
  • Electro-optics Engineer
  • Fiber Optics Engineer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Laser Systems Engineer
  • Optical Design Engineer
  • Optical Engineer
  • Optical Engineering Manager
  • Optical Fabricator
  • Optical Scientist
  • Optical Systems Engineer
  • Optics Engineer
  • Optoelectronics Engineer
  • Optomechanical Engineer
  • Photonics Engineer
  • Process Engineering and Metrology Manager
  • System Engineer
  • Technology Director


  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed

    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.

    Education:

    Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Installation
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Select, purchase, set up, operate, or troubleshoot state-of-the-art laser cutting equipment.
  • Analyze, fabricate, or test fiber-optic links.
  • Design electro-optical sensing or imaging systems.
  • Design laser-machining equipment for purposes such as high speed ablation.
  • Develop laser-processed designs, such as laser-cut medical devices.
  • Determine commercial, industrial, scientific, or other uses for electro-optical applications or devices.
  • Conduct research on new photonics technologies.
  • Design, integrate, or test photonics systems or components.
  • Analyze system performance or operational requirements.
  • Conduct testing to determine functionality or optimization or to establish limits of photonics systems or components.
  • Design gas lasers, solid state lasers, infrared, or other light emitting or light sensitive devices.
  • Determine applications of photonics appropriate to meet product objectives or features.
  • Develop or test photonic prototypes or models.
  • Develop optical or imaging systems, such as optical imaging products, optical components, image processes, signal process technologies, or optical systems.
  • Document design processes including objectives, issues, and outcomes.
  • Assist in the transition of photonic prototypes to production.
  • Create or maintain photonic design histories.
  • Oversee or provide expertise on manufacturing, assembly, or fabrication processes.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, continue education, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Train operators, engineers, or other personnel.
  • Write reports or research proposals.
  • Design or develop new crystals for photonics applications.
  • Design or redesign optical fibers to minimize energy loss.
  • Design photonics products, such as light sources, displays, or photovoltaics to achieve increased energy efficiency.
  • Design solar energy photonics or other materials or devices to generate energy.
  • Develop photonics sensing or manufacturing technologies to improve the efficiency of manufacturing or related processes.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Argon-ion lasers
  • Atomic force microscopes AFM
  • Autocorrelators
  • Bench refractometers
  • Biosafety cabinets
  • Chemical hoods
  • Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
  • Coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering CARS microscopes
  • Confocal fluorescence microscopes
  • Contact lithography systems
  • Cryostats
  • Current monitors
  • Deconvolution fluorescence microscopes
  • Digital cameras
  • Digital panel meters
  • Digital storage oscilloscopes DSO
  • Electron beam lithography systems
  • Extreme ultraviolet lasers
  • Femtosecond lasers
  • Flow meters
  • Fluorescence lifetime spectrometers
  • Infrared viewers
  • Interferometers
  • Isolation glove boxes
  • Laser beam profilers
  • Laser Doppler vibrometers
  • Laser facsimile machines
  • Laser printers
  • Laser tweezers
  • Line scan cameras
  • Microprobe stations
  • Near field scanning optical microscopes NSOM
  • Near infrared cameras
  • Nitrogen lasers
  • Optical choppers
  • Optical fiber cleavers
  • Optical power meters
  • Optical spectrum analyzers
  • Optical time domain reflectometers OTDR
  • Oscilloscopes
  • Oxidation furnaces
  • Personal computers
  • Photodetectors
  • Photodiode array detectors
  • Photon counting systems
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
  • Polarimeters
  • Power meters
  • Probe test stations
  • Pulse generators
  • Raman microscopes
  • Rapid thermal annealers RTA
  • Reactive ion etchers RIE
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Semiconductor parameter analyzers
  • Single photon lasers
  • Spectrofluorimeters
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopes
  • Spin coaters
  • Streak cameras
  • Total internal reflection fluorescence TIRF microscopes
  • Tunable diode lasers
  • Tunable dye lasers
  • Vacuum deposition systems
  • Wavelength meters
  • Xenon arc lamps
  • Adept Scientific GRAMS
  • Apollo Photonics APSS
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • BPM_CAD
  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Mathsoft Mathcad
  • Microsoft .NET Framework
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Visio
  • Microsoft Visual Basic
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Optiwave OptiBPM
  • Optiwave OptiFDTD
  • Optiwave OptiSPICE
  • Pattern recognition software
  • Photon Design CrystalWave
  • Photon Design FIMMPROP
  • Photon Design FIMMWAVE
  • Photon Design OmniSim
  • Photon Design PICWave
  • Python
  • Spectroscopy software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica


  • architecture and engineering


    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980