In general, those working in computer and electronics manufacturing—even production workers—enjoy relatively good working conditions. In contrast to those in many other manufacturing industries, production workers in this industry usually work in clean and relatively noise-free environments.
Despite the relatively high proportion of professional and technical workers in electronics manufacturing, more than 3 out of 10 employees are production workers. Many are assemblers, who place and solder components on circuit boards, or assemble and connect the various parts of electronic devices.
Although assembly workers generally need only a high school diploma, assemblers in the computer and electronic product manufacturing industry may need more specialized training or experience than do workers in other manufacturing industries. Precision assembly work can be extremely sophisticated and complex, and some jobs may even require formal technical training. A 1-year certificate in semiconductor technology is good preparation for semiconductor processor operator positions; for more highly skilled technician positions, an associate’s degree in electronics technology or a related field is necessary.
Wage and salary employment in the computer and electronic product manufacturing industry is expected to decline by 7 percent between 2004 and 2014, compared with a projected increase of 14 percent in all industries. Although the output of this industry is projected to increase more rapidly than that of any other industry, employment will still decline as a result of continued rapid productivity growth—the ability of the industry to produce more and better products with fewer employees.
US Bureau of Labor Statistics- Occupational Outlook Handbook