Materials Scientists

AUTOMATION RISK
CALCULATED
22%
risk level
POLLING
33%
Based on 80 votes
LABOR DEMAND
GROWTH
6.0%
by year 2032
WAGES
$104,380
or $50.18 per hour
Volume
7,620
as of 2022
SUMMARY
JOB SCORE
6.6/10

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Automation risk

22% (Low Risk)

Low Risk (21-40%): Jobs in this level have a limited risk of automation, as they demand a mix of technical and human-centric skills.

More information on what this score is, and how it is calculated is available here.

Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Originality

  • Persuasion

  • Social Perceptiveness

User poll

33% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted there's a low chance this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 22% chance of automation.

What do you think the risk of automation is?

What is the likelihood that Materials Scientists will be replaced by robots or artificial intelligence within the next 20 years?






Sentiment

The following graph(s) are included wherever there is a substantial amount of votes to render meaningful data. These visual representations display user poll results over time, providing a significant indication of sentiment trends.

Sentiment over time (yearly)

Growth

Moderate growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Materials Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 6.0% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.

Wages

Very high paid relative to other professions

In 2022, the median annual wage for 'Materials Scientists' was $104,380, or $50 per hour

'Materials Scientists' were paid 125.4% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $46,310

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Volume

Significantly lower range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2022 there were 7,620 people employed as 'Materials Scientists' within the United States.

This represents around < 0.001% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 19 thousand people are employed as 'Materials Scientists'.

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: 19-2032.00

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Comments

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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