Materials Scientists

6.1/10 job score
risk level
by 2030
or $47.81 hourly
as of 2020

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We calculate this occupation to have an automation risk score of 5% (Totally Safe)

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How quickly is this occupation growing?

The number of 'Materials Scientists' job openings is expected to rise 3.9% by 2030
'Materials Scientists' is expected to be a slow growing occupation in comparison to other occupations.
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2020 and 2030.
Updated projections are due Sep 2022.

What are the median wages for 'Materials Scientists' in the United States?

In 2020 the median annual wage for 'Materials Scientists' was $99,460, or $47.81 hourly
'Materials Scientists' are paid 137.1% higher than the national median wage, which stands at $41,950
* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

How many people are employed as materials scientists?

As of 2020 there were 6,930 people employed as Materials Scientists within the United States.
This represents around 0.005% of the employed workforce across the country.
Put another way, around 1 in 20 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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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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