What do they do?

Perform any or all of the following functions in the manufacture of electronic semiconductors: load semiconductor material into furnace; saw formed ingots into segments; load individual segment into crystal growing chamber and monitor controls; locate crystal axis in ingot using x-ray equipment and saw ingots into wafers; and clean, polish, and load wafers into series of special purpose furnaces, chemical baths, and equipment used to form circuitry and change conductive properties.

Also known as:

Device Processing Engineer, Diffusion Operator, Engineering Technician, Manufacture Specialist, Manufacturing Technician, Metalorganic Chemical Vapor Deposition Engineer (MOCVD Engineer), Probe Operator, Process Technician, Wafer Fabrication Operator

Typical Wages

Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Semiconductor Processors is projected to Decline 7 percent from 2020 to 2030

Projected Employment in CA

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  • -7.8%


    Ranks #44 in job growth rate

    Job Openings

    Ranks #6 in net job growth

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Education Level

Percent of workers in this field with these degrees:

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree  (<1%)
  • Master's degree  (1%)
  • Bachelor's degree  (7%)
  • Associate's degree  (7%)
  • Some college, no degree  (20%)
  • High school diploma equivalent  (47%)
  • Less than high school diploma  (18%)

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People in this career often have these skills:

  • Operations Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Enter commands, instructions, or specifications into equipment.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Measure dimensions of completed products or workpieces to verify conformance to specifications.
  • Assemble precision electronics or optical equipment.
  • Adjust temperature controls of ovens or other heating equipment.
  • Adjust flow of electricity to tools or production equipment.
  • Clean workpieces or finished products.
  • Read work orders or other instructions to determine product specifications or materials requirements.
  • Review blueprints or other instructions to determine operational methods or sequences.
  • Load items into ovens or furnaces.
  • Monitor equipment operation to ensure that products are not flawed.
  • Load materials into production equipment.
  • Move products, materials, or equipment between work areas.
  • Count finished products or workpieces.
  • Weigh finished products.
  • Sort materials or products for processing, storing, shipping, or grading.
  • Calculate specific material, equipment, or labor requirements for production.
  • Inspect production equipment.
  • Diagnose equipment malfunctions.
  • Notify others of equipment repair or maintenance needs.
  • Maintain production or processing equipment.
  • Mount materials or workpieces onto production equipment.
  • Engrave designs, text, or other markings onto materials, workpieces, or products.
  • Operate cutting equipment.
  • Cut industrial materials in preparation for fabrication or processing.
  • Install instrumentation or electronic equipment or systems.
  • Assemble equipment or components.
  • Operate welding equipment.
  • Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes.
  • Mix substances to create chemical solutions.

This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 28.1 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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