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Semiconductor Processors

Semiconductor Processors
Quick Facts : Semiconductor Processors*
2010 Median Pay$33,130
Entry Level EducationAssociate's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 201221,100
Job Outlook-18% (Decline rapidly)
Employment Change-3,800


Semiconductor processors, also known as process technicians, are largely responsible for quality control in the manufacturing process. They oversee the manufacturing of electronic semiconductors, which are commonly known as integrated circuits or microchips.

What Semiconductor Processors Do

  • Look over work orders, instructions, and processing charts to determine a work schedule
  • Monitor machines that slice silicon crystals into wafers for processing
  • Adjust the process equipment and repair as needed during the manufacturing process
  • Test completed microchips to ensure they work properly
  • Review the manufacturing process and suggest improvements

Work Environment

Microchips must be kept completely clean and free of impurities. To ensure this, semiconductor processors work in clean rooms that are kept free of contamination. They wear special garments, called “bunny suits,” over their clothes to prevent lint or other particles from contaminating the clean room.
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Job Outlook

Employment of semiconductor processors is projected to decline rapidly, by 18 percent from 2010 to 2020. Competition for semiconductor processor jobs is expected to be tough because of the decline in employment.
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Pay

In May 2010 the average salary of semiconductor processors was $33,130.
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Semiconductor Processors*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Semiconductor Processors

33130

Installation & Production Occupations

39887.3333

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Semiconductor Processors*
Percent Change in Employment

Semiconductor Processors

-18.0095

Installation & Production Occupations

10.336959024270376

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Semiconductor Processors

Many employers prefer that semiconductor processors have an associate's degree, although sometimes completing a 1-year certificate program is enough.
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