Materials engineers study the relationships between the underlying structure, processing and performance properties of materials and employ this insight to formulate new or improved materials for use across a variety of industries. The modern materials engineering discipline encompasses metals, ceramics, polymers and composites, electronic materials and biomaterials. Materials characterization – the use of state-of-the-art instruments to determine material composition and structure – plays a key role in materials engineering education.
What You Can Do
Materials engineers study the structure, properties,processing and performance of a wide range of materials, from metals and ceramics to polymers, semiconductors and nanomaterials. They work at the forefront of rapidly changing technical areas, where the application of novel, precisely engineered materials is crucial for technological advancement.
How Much You Can Earn
Materials engineers typically earn between $54,870 and $148,840 annually, with an average salary of $93,310.*
* Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook
Where You Can Work
- Metals processing, ceramics, electronic materials and plastics plants
- Biomaterials, implants and medical prosthetics
- Automotive, aerospace, construction and telecommunication industries
- Sports and recreational products
- Military and governmental agencies, national laboratories
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