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Biomedical Electronics Major

Job Outlook

Significant Points

  • Training requirements include a high school diploma and, in most cases, postsecondary education, coupled with significant on-the-job training.
  • Good opportunities are expected for most types of jobs.
  • Overall employment is expected to grow about as fast as average, but projected growth varies by detailed occupation.
  • About 1 out of 6 are self-employed.

Earnings

The following tabulation shows median hourly earnings for various precision instrument and equipment repairers in May 2004:

Precision instrument and equipment repairers, all other $21.25
Medical equipment repairers 17.90
Camera and photographic equipment repairers 15.54
Watch repairers 13.87
Musical instrument repairers and tuners 13.47

Earnings ranged from less than $7.94 for the lowest 10 percent of musical instrument repairers and tuners to more than $32.32 for the highest 10 percent in the occupation ďall other precision instrument and equipment repairers.

Earnings within the different occupations vary significantly, depending upon skill levels. For example, a lesser skilled watch and clock repairer may simply change batteries and replace worn wrist straps, while a highly skilled watch and clock repairer with years of training and experience may rebuild and replace worn parts.


Suggested citation: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Precision Instrument and Equipment Repairers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos199.htm.


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