Materials Scientists ·  Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.



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Occupational Tasks ·  Plan laboratory experiments to confirm feasibility of processes and techniques used in the production of materials having special characteristics.
· Confer with customers in order to determine how materials can be tailored to suit their needs.
· Conduct research into the structures and properties of materials, such as metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics in order to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones.
· Prepare reports of materials study findings for the use of other scientists and requestors.
· Devise testing methods to evaluate the effects of various conditions on particular materials.
· Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials, or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.
· Recommend materials for reliable performance in various environments.
· Test individual parts and products in order to ensure that manufacturer and governmental quality and safety standards are met.
· Visit suppliers of materials or users of products in order to gather specific information.


Educational Requirements: ·  Bachelor's degree


Occupational Skill Set
Skill Relevance
·  Science 100%
·  Critical Thinking 95%
·  Complex Problem Solving 90%
·  Mathematics 89%
·  Reading Comprehension 89%
·  Active Learning 87%
·  Equipment Selection 84%
·  Active Listening 83%
·  Troubleshooting 82%
·  Time Management 81%