This paper addresses a not-too-distant need for many more optically trained personnel, far more than the current system can supply. The field of photonics and optics is quickly maturing in a very natural evolutionary manner. However few people, maybe none, fully recognize and appreciate the current evolutionary state of its markets, their size, and the state of manpower preparation, or the lack thereof, of the associated industry. Nor are the threats that this positive growth poses being recognized. Some enlightened countries have their sights on specific sectors of the industry and are investing heavily, some are just entering with great expectations, and other countries are just not in the chase. However, few national programs have come to the realization that there will not be enough trained personnel to meet the market demand.