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Materials Engineers

Employment Prospects


There are approximately 27,700 materials engineers employed in the United States. Upon graduation most materials engineers go to work in industry. Materials engineers fall into five main employment groups: manufacturing (where the products are made and tested); material applications and development; machinery/equipment (which requires advanced knowledge of mechanical engineering); government positions; and consulting (where you will need your Professional Engineer licensing). Others specialize in computer and electronic products, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, machinery manufacturing, and primary metal production. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 16 percent of materials engineers work for transportation equipment manufacturing companies; 10 percent work for architectural, engineering, and related services; and 9 percent work for scientific research and development services. Some materials engineers may continue their studies and go on to teach in higher education. Most materials programs have advanced programs for master's and doctoral studies.

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