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Plastics Engineers


Plastics engineers engage in the manufacture, fabrication, and end use of existing materials, as well as in the development of new materials, processes, and equipment. The term, plastics engineering, encompasses a wide variety of applications and manufacturing processes. Depending on the processes involved, plastics engineers develop everything from the initial part design to the processes and automation required to produce and finish the production parts. The Department of Labor reports that there are 27,500 materials engineers, including plastics engineers.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree




Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Senior Plastics Engineer

Plastics Engineer

Plastics Technician

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