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.
Minimum Education Level
The National Association of Colleges and Employers reports that new college graduates with master’s degrees in the fields of mathematics and science earned average starting salaries of $62,488 in 2020. Those with doctoral degrees in mathematics and sciences earned $103,083.
According to the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, nanotechnology professionals with master’s degrees...
Typical work settings for nanomaterials scientists include research laboratories, processing and manufacturing plants, and offices. Their work environments, which are typically clean and well lighted, are equipped with the latest technology and research equipment. Nanomaterials scientists usually work a standard 9-to-5 schedule. Scientists occasionally travel to educational conferences and meet...
The U.S. Department of Labor does not provide an employment outlook for nanomaterials scientists, but it does predict that job opportunities for chemists and materials scientists who conduct research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences will increase by 4 percent through 2028, which is about as fast as the average for all other occupations. Chemical manufacturing indu...