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Materials Engineer
Materials engineers are involved in the development, processing, and testing of the materials used to create a range of products.
The Job
Materials engineers work with metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and composites to create new materials that meet certain mechanical, electrical, and chemical requirements.
Work Environment
Most engineers work in office buildings, laboratories, or industrial plants.
College Majors
Materials Engineering
Minimum Qualifications
Personality traits helpful for this career
Engineers should be creative, inquisitive, analytical, and detail oriented. They should be able to work as part of a team and to communicate well, both orally and in writing.
Quick Facts
    Compensation and Outlook
    Materials engineers are expected to have employment growth of 9 percent over the projections decade, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Growth should result from increased use of composite and other nontraditional materials developed through biotechnology and nanotechnology research.
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