Nanotechnologists

Nanotechnologist Holding a Sheet of Graphene

The National Science Foundation defines nanoscience as the “ability to manipulate individual atoms and molecules, making it possible to build machines on the scale of human cells or create materials and structures from the bottom up with novel properties.” Scientists study these nanomaterials (a nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter—or approximately 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair), and nanosystems engineers use nanomaterials to create new products and for a variety of other uses—ranging from nanomedicine and communications, to environmental remediation and agriculture. Nanotechnologists serve as the link between scientists and engineers on one end and technicians on the other. Working in laboratories and clean rooms, they operate advanced microscopy equipment to manipulate nanoscale objects, perform tests on nanomaterials, and oversee production processes for nanoscale designs that produce or modify nanomaterials, devices, and systems. Nanotechnologists are also known as nanotechnology engineering technologists.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
Duties Operate advanced microscopy equipment to manipulate nanoscale objects, perform tests on nanomaterials, and oversee production processes for nanoscale designs that produce or modify nanomaterials, devices, and systems
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
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Math
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing None
Special Requirements Nanotechnologists seeking jobs with government agencies may be required to be U.S. citizens and undergo background investigations
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Nanosystems Engineer or Nanomaterials Scientist
  • Manager
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Nanotechnician

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