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Materials Scientists

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Materials Scientists

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.

Key Competencies
* Analytical Thinking
* Integrity
* Attention to Detail
* Initiative
* Innovation
* Persistence
* Achievement/Effort
* Dependability
* Independence
* Adaptability/Flexibility

Representative Tasks
* Conduct research on the structures and properties of materials, such as metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics, to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones.
* Prepare reports, manuscripts, proposals, and technical manuals for use by other scientists and requestors, such as sponsors and customers.
* Perform experiments and computer modeling to study the nature, structure, and physical and chemical properties of metals and their alloys, and their responses to applied forces.

Industry
Manufacturing

Job Family
Life, Physical, and Social Science

Sample Job Titles
Accelerator Systems Director, Material Scientist, Materials Scientist, Metal Alloy Scientist, Micro Electrical/Mechanical Systems Device Scientist (MEMS Device Scientist), Nanotechnologist, Plastics Scientist, Polymer Materials Consultant, Polymer Specialist, Research and Development Scientist (R and D Scientist), Research Scientist, Senior Materials Scientist, Staff Research Scientist, Staff Scientist, Technology Officer, Vice President Research.