Materials Engineers

General Information

Description

Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit92.67%
  2. Self-employed2.10%
  3. Federal government1.93%
  4. Private, not for profit1.73%
  5. State and local government1.26%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of materials engineers is projected to grow 8 percent from 2020 to 2030, about as fast as the average for all occupations. About 1,800 openings for materials engineers are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$95,640

State-by-state Salary

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$126,360
$63,180
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 47%
  • Doctoral degree 33%
  • Master's degree 9%
  • Post baccalaureate 4%
  • Post-doctoral training 4%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Design

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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