A laser/fibre optics engineer will specialise in the design of new fibre optics technologies.
Fibre optics is the transfer of information using light technology. A laser/fibre optics engineer will conduct research into inventing new technology, and improving existing technology. They will test the functionality of fibre optics products and optimise them using scientific methods. They will also test the limits of photonics to see how much can be endured.
In order to become a laser/fibre optics engineer a degree will be required in physics, engineering or a related subject. Experience is also very important and those who have undertaken work experience programs will be looked upon favourably. Other required skills include; critical thinking, maths, oral and written English language skills, and the ability to work both independently and with a team.
The laser/fibre optics engineering industry is very competitive. People who have had previous experience will be preferred over graduates. Most candidates will have undertaken voluntary work experience programs in order to network and build contacts. Laser/fibre optics engineering jobs can sometimes be found through recruitment agencies.
The starting salary can vary between £30,000 and £40,000. Those who have built a decent reputation through experience and good quality work could earn in excess of £50,000s