Funding from the CHIPS and Science Act is expected to build new semiconductor manufacturing plants, but to staff new fabs, Research Analyst Will Hunt estimates a need for more than 3,000 high-tech workers.
A key provision in the final CHIPS and Science Act that was dropped would have made high-skilled immigration to work in the U.S. easier. A CSET study estimated new semiconductor manufacturing plants may require 3,500 foreign-born high-skilled workers.
The Biden administration hopes to turn the U.S. into a hub for microchip manufacturing with help from Intel, but to reshore chip manufacturing, the U.S. needs to attract foreign talent. According to a CSET study, the chip industry would only need around 3,500 foreign-born workers to effectively staff new U.S.-based factories.
If the U.S. semiconductor industry expands with the passing of the CHIPS Act, about 13,000 new engineers and software developers will be needed in short order, and some 3,500 positions could be unfilled according to a CSET report.
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