14 November 1977 Technical Personnel: The Business-University Responsibility
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According to the U.S. Office of Education survey in 1972, overall employment of laser/electo-optics technicians was 3,700 technicians employed in 300 companies in the United States. By 1975, a similar survey had identified over 1700 companies alone, in the United States, that employed laser/electro-optics technicians. Conservative projection indicates that by 1980, over 100,000 technicians alone will be needed, an increase of over 27 times in only eight years. These figures alone are concerning, but when you realize that there are only approximately five schools in the United States that produce this type of technician, and that they will graduate less than 300 technicians by 1980, the picture appears to be rather bleak. This is not necessarily the case. There is no way that educational institutions can produce that number of technicians in such a short time, but the production of technicians in this rapidly growing area must be a cooperative venture between education and industry.
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Richard R. Davis, Richard R. Davis, "Technical Personnel: The Business-University Responsibility", Proc. SPIE 0111, The Business Side of the Optical Industry III, (14 November 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955529; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.955529

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