Nanomaterials Scientists

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Nanomaterials scientists use the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other scientific disciplines to investigate the properties, composition, and structure of nanomaterials. They do this for purposes of scientific discovery and to develop practical uses for nanomaterials in industries ranging from medicine and renewable energy, to consumer goods and environmental remediation. Nanomaterials scientists may also be known as materials scientists, nanochemists, and nanophysicists.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Materials Scientists, Nanochemists, Nanophysicists
Duties Use the principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and other scientific disciplines to investigate the properties, composition, and structure of nanomaterials
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience An internship, co-op, volunteer position, or part-time job at a nanotechnology-related employer highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Technical
Skills
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Government agencies may require U.S. citizenship and background investigations
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Manager, Executive, or Professor
  • Nanomaterials Scientist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nanotechnician

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