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Careers in Nano

Nanoscale science and nanotechnology are still emerging fields with tremendous growth potential, making these areas of study an excellent choice for career-focused individuals who desire opportunities for professional advancement.

What can I do with a nanoscale science degree?

Northwest's Nanoscale Science Program is preparing students with a solid theoretical foundation using an interdisciplinary approach and hands-on training, which will prepare them for immediate entry into Research and Development positions within industry (e.g. Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Electronics, Chemical, Cosmetics) , academic or government laboratories, or prepare them for graduate studies in nanoscale science or related scientific disciplines.

Curious what kind of job opportunities are available? Find out more:

What companies are hiring scientists with nano expertise?

Major US and internationally known companies are making investments to drive in-house nanotechnology research and development. Companies that are hiring those with nanoscale science experience include Apple, Adidas, Dupont, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, General Motors, Neutrogena, and Samsung just to name a few. Many of the Top 100 Nanotechnology companies make consumer products we use every day. There are numerous government sponsored research organizations focused on nanotechnology, and the United States has shown a commitment to this area of research by establishing the National Nanotechnology Initiative.

What is the job outlook in nano?

The potential exists to incorporate nanoscale science and nanotechnology not only into products from the medical field, but virtually all industrial sectors. Nanotechnology has already influenced the marketplace with estimated 2009 expenditures at $91 billion US dollars and $254 billion worldwide on products that were enabled by nanotechnology. Current trends would indicate that the growth of nanotechnology products and workers will double every three years resulting in $3 trillion worth in products and an estimated six million jobs in the workforce by 2020. The average starting salary for a graduate in this field is $42,000, but can be significantly higher.