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Materials Engineers

Overview

Materials engineers extract, process, create, design, and test materials—such as metals, ceramics, plastics, semiconductors, and combinations of these materials called composites—to create a wide variety of products, from computer parts to surf boards. Approximately 25,300 materials engineers are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Recommended

Outlook

Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Creative

Enterprising

Technical

Career Ladder
Director of Engineering

Supervising Ceramic Engineer/Plastics Engineer

Ceramic Engineer/Plastics Engineer

Junior Engineer

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