ESPA Unveils Results of First Technician Poll at CES
The Electronic Systems Professional Alliance, (ESPA), whose mandate is to foster high-quality entry-level training and certification for custom installers, released the results of its first-ever survey of electronics systems technicians at CES.
A total of 450 respondents from wide-ranging disciplines including audio, video, networking, IT, cable, satellite, lighting, home control, alarm and telecom, offered input on their careers and training for the study, according to Grant Mydland, executive director.
Some highlights by respondents to the survey were:
• 51 percent started in their fields because of a personal interest in electronics
• 50 percent boasted at least 10 years of experience
• 87 percent had completed some college and more than a third were college graduates
• 24 percent joined their field because they liked the variety and the challenges they felt that the job would bring
• 76 percent say they love the work they do
• Out of top 10 reasons they are motivated to stay in their fields, compensation ranked not first but fourth
• Despite the economic conditions when the survey was conducted in December, 39 percent said their companies had made no changes in the number of techs employed, and 28 percent said their companies had hired techs, while 26 percent said there were fewer techs employed than in the recent past.