Semiconductors (sometimes referred to as integrated circuits (ICs) or microchips) are
present in an infinite number of devices that make modern life possible. The chips
themselves are cheap, but the process to produce a chip is complex and expensive. Over
the next decade, over 100,000 technicians and engineers will be needed in the U.S. to
keep up with the national demand of semiconductors. A massive and sustained investment
in workforce development program is needed now, to ensure this critical resource will
keep pace with the investment in semiconductor manufacturing.