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Materials Scientist
Materials science is an interdisciplinary field involving the properties of matter and its applications to various areas of science and engineering.
The Job
This scientific field investigates the relationship between the structure of materials at atomic or molecular scales and their macroscopic properties.
Work Environment
College Majors
Applied Physics, Chemistry
Minimum Qualifications
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Quick Facts
  • With significant media attention focused on nanoscience and nanotechnology in recent years, materials science has been propelled to the forefront at many universities.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of materials scientists in May 2008 were $80,230. The middle 50 percent earned between $59,180 and $102,180. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $43,670, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $124,010. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, beginning salary offers in July 2009 for graduates with a bachelor's degree in chemistry averaged $39,897 a year.
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