Materials Scientists


Will "Materials Scientists" be replaced by AI & Robots?

There is very little chance of this occupation being replaced by robots/AI. This is further validated by our poll, which suggests a 29% chance of automation within the next 2 decades.

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or 2% probability of automation

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by 2024

People Employed


as of 2019

Median Annual Wage


or $46.54 hourly

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How this compares with other jobs: 87 out of 707

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Job description

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.

SOC Code: 19-2032

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Leong Chun Tee (No chance) says
The field of materials science is very wide, it touches chemistry(study the structure of materials and its properties) no matter organic or inorganic, it touches biology(study the nutritional chemistry and medicinal chemistry) and also physics (mechanical, electrical, optical)including classical physics and modern physics. Further more, the quantum physics which can be said difficult also learned by materials scientists, so we can see that this study provide a lot of chance to get job and not easily replace by robots because all the knowledge is accumulated from time to time.
Dec 10, 2019 at 08:54 AM

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