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Metallurgical engineers develop new types of metal alloys and adapt existing materials to new uses. They manipulate the atomic and molecular structure of materials in controlled manufacturing environments, selecting materials with desirable mechanical, electrical, magnetic, chemical, and heat-transfer properties that meet specific performance requirements. Metallurgical engineers are sometimes also referred to as metallurgists. Metallurgical engineers are a subspecialty of materials engineers. There are approximately 24,400 materials engineers employed in the United States. Metallurgical engineers are also classified within steel manufacturing occupations. There are approximately 159,000 steel manufacturing jobs in the United States and metallurgical engineers hold about 3,300 of them.