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Photonics Pros Love Their Work, New SPIE Survey Shows
Date:8/15/2013

Bellingham, Washington, USA (PRWEB) August 14, 2013

A full 85% of respondents report high job satisfaction in a major new salary survey of the global optics and photonics community conducted by SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics – and the trend holds in regions of varying pay ranges as well as varying work-week lengths.

Results released this week for the survey, the largest such international study of the industry, update results from similar surveys in 2011 and 2012.

Among continuing trends, aerospace, with a median annual income of $113,500, remains the highest-paid sector, while the gender gap is still in play. Median salaries are 36% overall higher for men than women, with the largest gap occurring in mid-career.

"Overall, these are jobs that not only pay well but also yield quality-of-life satisfactions and the ability to make a difference. In addition to enjoying their own work, optics and photonics professionals overwhelming – by 90% --say they respect the work of their peers," said SPIE CEO Eugene Arthurs. "The stability in strong salary levels as compared to levels across all jobs reflects the continuing strength of the optics and photonics sector and the high value that these jobs contribute to the economy."

Arthurs stressed the need for the industry to continue to work toward gender pay equity. "The forward-looking photonics sector needs to move beyond the historical injustice in this," he said. "Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, has rightly characterized achieving gender equality as a legal, economic and moral imperative. Photonics R&D is necessary for solving the many challenges the world faces in energy supplies, effective healthcare, communications ne
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