What You Say about our Industry
In January this year at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we announced the results of the industry’s first-ever survey of electronics systems technicians (ESTs) and their views of their careers and training
This landmark survey reached out to experienced technicians to tell us how they were trained and how employers should help the next wave of employees.
When asked why they stay in the industry, an overwhelming 76 percent of ESTs said they’re interested in and/or love the work they do:
|What benefits do EST employers offer?
|Paid time off
|401k or other retirement plan
More than half said it was a personal interest in electronics (51%) followed by the variety and challenge it provided (24%). This same love of the work and the challenge keeps them going in the industry, well ahead of compensation or other issues.
As a result, it is no surprise ESTs are a satisfied group, with 84% reporting they are somewhat or very satisfied with their current job. And what drives that happiness? Nearly three quarters (73%) said the clients are an important part of their job satisfaction.
Despite the soft economy, the job market for ESTs has remained fairly even. Most technicians are satisfied with their jobs. Training opportunities were cited by the majority of ESTs as important to their job satisfaction. Certification or licensing was not required in most cases (70%), although the majority (62%) believes employer or jurisdiction requirements would be a good idea.