Nanotechnologist

Nanotechnlogists can work in any scientific area, including agriculture, medicine, engineering, and technology. They enjoy learning new things, working with cutting-edge science, and developing solutions to society's problems.

 

Summary

Nanotechnology is a multidisciplinary science that looks at how we can manipulate matter at the molecular and atomic level. To do this, we must work on the nanoscale -- a scale so small that we can't see it with a light microscope. The emerging field of nanotechnology is exciting, because scientists have learned that the properties of a material may be very different at the nano-scale than at the larger scale with which we normally work. These new properties allow novel and exciting applications.

By manipulating molecules to form in particular shapes, we can build materials with amazing properties. One example is a carbon nanotube. To create a carbon nanotube, you start with a sheet of graphite molecules, which you roll up into a tube. The orientation of the molecules determines the nanotube's properties. For example, you could end up with a conductor or a semiconductor. Rolled the right way, the carbon nanotube will be hundreds of times stronger than steel but only one-sixth the weight.

Where are the career areas?

Current applications of nanoscale science and technology, and thus career opportunities, exist in areas such as

  • Electronics/semiconductor industry
  • Materials science including textiles, polymers, packaging, among others
  • Auto and aerospace industries
  • Sporting goods
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical fields and pharmaceuticals
  • Environmental monitoring, control, and remediation
  • Food science including quality control and packaging
  • Forensics
  • University and federal lab research
  • Military and national security
  • Energy capture and storage
  • And many more areas

 

Educational Requirements

Nanoscale phenomena underlie many of the properties and interactions of matter, and thus the sciences of physics, chemistry, and biology. However, nanoscale science is an interdisciplinary field – one where science and engineering intersect.  Studying science or engineering and paying attention to the developments in nanoscience that advance these fields can provide you with a solid foundation for any broad range of careers. Careers are available for those who hold bachelors, masters, or a PhD in the sciences. People with bachelor's degrees may find positions as technicians. University, government, and industry research laboratories usually hire nanotechnologists with doctoral degrees.

 

Salary Range

Four Year Bachelors - $40,000 - $65,000

Six Year Masters - $50,000 - $80,000

Eight Year Doctorate - $75,000 - $100,000

 

Want to know more?

How Stuff Works-Nanotechnology

Physics Today-Nanotechnology

 

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Belonging to professional organizations & LinkedIn groups can provide you with networking, informational interviewing, & job shadowing opportunities, as well as assist you with finding internships and jobs.

Sustainable Nanotechnology Organization

Nanotechnology Zone on LinkedIn

Nanotechnology LinkedIn Forum

List of Professional Organizations

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Information retrieved from http://www.howstuffworks.com/what-is-nanotechnology.htm, http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/usda/careers/Nanotechnologist.html

 

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