Nanosystems Engineers

Nanosystems Engineer Preps Material for Microscope

A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter—or approximately 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Nanometer-sized particles exist in nature, but they can also be created and engineered to take on unique electrical, optical, magnetic, and other properties.

These inventions, which are often known as engineered nanomaterials, are created by nanosystems engineers, who apply the principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, biological, and other engineering disciplines to create stronger, lighter, and more durable materials; clean and affordable energy resources; more effective and less toxic medical drugs and devices; and many other products and inventions. Nanosystems engineers are also known as nanoscience engineers and nanotechnology engineers.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Nanoscience Engineers, Nanotechnology Engineers
Duties Work at the molecular level to design and create new materials, structures, systems, and devices
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
Experience An internship, co-op, volunteer position, or part-time job at a nanotechnology-related employer is highly recommended
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements Engineers seeking jobs with government agencies may be required to be U.S. citizens and undergo background investigations
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Engineering Manager or Professor
  • Nanosystems Engineer
  • Junior Engineer

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