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Nanosystems Engineers


A nanometer is one millionth of a millimeter—or approximately 100,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair. Nanometer-sized particles exist in nature, but they can also be created and engineered to take on unique electrical, optical, magnetic, and other properties.

These inventions, which are often known as engineered nanomaterials, are created by nanosystems engineers, who apply the principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, biological, and other engineering disciplines to create stronger, lighter, and more durable materials; clean and affordable energy resources; more effective and less toxic medical drugs and devices; and many other products and inventions. Nanosystems engineers are also known as nanoscience engineers and nanotechnology engineers. According to the Department of Labor, there are about 158,000 nanosystems engineers employed in the U.S.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




About as Fast as the Average
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Career Ladder
Engineering Manager or Professor

Nanosystems Engineer

Junior Engineer

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