The Thuringian photonics industry currently employs around 18,500 skilled workers, almost 16,000 of whom work in industry and almost 2,500 in research institutions. These are physicists and engineers, mathematicians, chemists and IT specialists, as well as skilled workers in fields such as precision optics, mechatronics and physics lab technicians.
The photonics industry expects sales growth of more than 10% in the coming years. This is reflected in the personnel forecasts: by the end of 2024, a total of around 2,000 new positions will need to be filled through expansion and replacement.
At the same time, we face a massive decline in the working-age population in Thuringia in the coming years. In addition, the number of graduates in the relevant STEM subjects is also stagnating.