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Tech Companies Seek Makers as the Movement Goes Mainstream

Gareth Halfacree

Technology Will Save Us

For many, making is a hobby - but for a growing number, it's a viable career. Back in April we posted about the Life Science Centre in Newcastle and its call for a maker-in-residence, and now there's another job opportunity for makers with a focus on electronics thanks to Hackney-based tech learning outfit Technology Will Save Us.

Best known for its work with the BBC Trust on the soon-to-launch micro:bit microcontroller platform, Technology Will Save Us is currently recruiting for the position of maker-in-residence for its London lab. While the maker will be expected to provide support for the company's current range of educationally-themed DIY electronics kits, there's the promise of considerable scope for creativity: "prototype new electronics and experiment with our range of DIY kits to create hacks, add-ons, mods and new DIY kits," the company asks of interested parties, as well as to "play a key role in the practical development of new DIY kits."

It's a great post, but one which would better suit the more experienced maker: the company is asking for 3-5 years experience of analogue and digital circuit design as well as fluency in the Eagle circuit design software. For the US-based maker just starting out on a potential new career, a better option may be a part-time position at the excellent Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories in California working on kitting up and shipping the company's various products - the first step on a ladder that could lead who-knows-where.

One thing that both this positions show: the job market for people who identify as makers has never been stronger, and we can't see that changing any time soon. Viva la maker revolución!

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