Technology drives our personal and professional lives.
What personal convenience or industry segment hasn’t been significantly changed by technology over the last three decades?
What hasn’t kept pace with the technology transformation is the skilled workforce needed to implement and increase the benefits we receive.
Electronics systems technicians (ESTs) work in a wide variety of industries, performing numerous tasks to install, maintain and upgrade the systems and services we all depend upon. In today’s job market, there is strong demand for in-house, bench, and field service technicians, technical support staff, and sales people with strong electronics training. There are also many other professions – architects, builders, engineers, estimators, interior designers, surveyors, etc. – that would benefit from foundational EST training.
Consumer electronics is one of the fast-growing, dynamic fields that employ ESTs.
Although a relatively new field, experts estimate that electronic systems technicians generate more than $20 billion in sales each year.
Even in this economic downturn, businesses that employ ESTs are surviving.
The average company on the CePro's Top 100 Dealer List
earned $6.59 million in 2008. Also, the average revenue per employee rose 2 percent.
Despite the decline in the housing market, builders have not abandoned home technologies, according to the
State of the Builder Technology Market Study by the
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®
A majority of builders remain committed to home technology and recognize its importance in marketing new homes. Seven in ten builders (71 percent) report that consumers’ desire for electronics helped them preserve home renovation revenue that might otherwise have declined this year because of the down economy – an increase of ten percentage points from last year.
Builders also increased entertainment-related offerings such as multi-room audio (69 percent) and home theaters (74 percent) in 2008. Home theater installation was up eight percentage points in 2008.
A technician who has a strong background in electronics is a very valuable commodity in today’s workplace and will be in even more demand tomorrow as technology becomes absolutely essential to everything we do in our lives.
Plus, the Obama Administration’s call for more energy efficient and renewable technologies offers additional opportunities for ESTs and the companies that employ them.
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