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Meeting the calculated market needs for optically trained physicists, engineers, and technicians in 2005
Author(s): Robert P. Breault

Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294363
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Robert P. Breault, Breault Research Organization, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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