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Materials Scientists

Research and study the properties of different materials, such as metals, rubber, ceramics, polymers, and glass.

Quick Facts


Well above the statewide median
$44.05 / hour    Read more about wages


Below statewide average
Growth rate:  3.9%    Read more about outlook


Bachelor's degree is typically required.

On the Job:

Typical Work Tasks
  • Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys.
  • Develop theories or models of physical phenomena.
  • Monitor operational procedures in technical environments to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Prepare scientific or technical reports or presentations.
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Job Title Examples:

Metal Alloy Scientist
Plastics Scientist
Polymer Specialist

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