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Occupation Description

Communication systems are essential in the modern world and to the Manufacturing Industry, and photonics is the science behind the physical transfer of data from A to B. Photonics is the control, manipulation, transfer and storage of information using light. Australia has an energetic and growing industry that includes many researchers, developers, and manufacturers of fibre-optic and photonic component suppliers.

Would you like to work in the manufacture of fibre-optic communications and transmission systems? Would you like to use semiconductor materials to make state-of-the-art photonic devices for telecommunications systems and networks?

High-tech? For sure!

You could work with lasers, laser amplifiers, electro-optic materials and photodiodes, work on beam propagation, sub-carrier multiplexing, wavelength division multiplexing, coherent transmission, trunk networks, video distribution systems and customer access networks.

You could even get involved in the emerging new area of photonic crystals, which are made from hydrogel nanoparticles. These self-assembling crystal structures can be used as optical waveguides and lenses.

Personal Requirements

You should

  • be interested in maths, physics, electronics, computing
  • be interested in technology
  • possess technical aptitude
  • have a logical approach to problem solving
  • be able to work as part of a team
  • possess good analytical and problem solving skills
  • Environment

    Much, if not all of the work involved in Photonics in manufacturing will be in design and development and will take place in a design office-laboratory or similar environment, however some work on the factory floor may also be required.


    In order to work as a Photonics Engineer you will require a Degree.


    Earnings, Job and Employment Prospects

    For detailed information about earnings, job and employment prospects for this occupation, go to the Australian JobSearch Careers page and click on Job Outlook .

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