CAREER

Materials Scientists

Overview

Salary Median (2020)

$99,460

Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.4% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree

Career

What Materials Scientists Do

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

Other Job Titles Materials Scientists May Have

Materials Scientist, Micro Electrical/Mechanical Systems Device Scientist (MEMS Device Scientist), Polymer Materials Consultant, Research Scientist, Research and Development Scientist (R and D Scientist), Scientist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President ,

Applied Materials

A typical day involves technology reviews, product reviews, and customer calls. I also attend presentations both internally and externally. A lot of my time is spent meeting with colleagues and peers. We also have a lot of brainstorming sessions. I'd say that about 60% of my time is spent traveling to attend conferences, meet with customers and suppliers, or attend board meetings for any of the boards I serve on.

Distinguished Professor of Material Science ,

SUNY Stony Brook

I arrive at the office and meet with students who have interesting technical results, discussing those results, and then discussing the next steps for them to take, moving towards writing, editing, and submitting a publication. Of course, a great day is always highlighted by good news, meaning that one of our students' pieces has been accepted and published.


Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Conduct research on the structures and properties of materials, such as metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics, to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones.
  • Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.
  • Plan laboratory experiments to confirm feasibility of processes and techniques used in the production of materials with special characteristics.
  • Devise testing methods to evaluate the effects of various conditions on particular materials.
  • Prepare reports, manuscripts, proposals, and technical manuals for use by other scientists and requestors, such as sponsors and customers.

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