Careers for Veterans in the Semiconductor Industry
The semiconductor industry is America’s most innovative manufacturing industry, leading many emerging technologies, including drones, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. The microchips manufactured by the semiconductor industry can be found in computers, healthcare and military systems, transportation, clean energy, and many more. This industry employs nearly 250,000 people in the U.S., and supports an additional one million jobs in the U.S. economy. With revenue projected to reach $451 billion in 2018, now is a great time to join this growing industry.
Veterans are a natural fit for a roles within the semiconductor industry because of the advanced technical knowledge and skills gained from their time in service. While industry experience is sometimes a prerequisite for getting a job, that’s not the case for semiconductors. “Because of the intellectual property that’s associated with making a semiconductor, companies can’t hire technicians or engineers from within their own industry. They have to go outside of the industry to hire skilled talent and the largest pool of renewable skilled talent is the military,” explains Jay Koranda, Recruiting Manager at Orion.
Because the military has proven to be a great source of talent for the semiconductor industry, a large portion of its workforce are veterans. “The semiconductor industry is unique because more than 50% of its technicians are veterans. Companies know how to interview and hire veterans because they understand how your military experience fits,” says Jay.
Orion has hired thousands of veterans into some of the world’s leading semiconductor companies like Intel, Samsung, GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Micron and Qorvo, and it remains one of our top industries each year. Visit us online to learn more about careers in the semiconductor industry.