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.
Also called: Materials Scientist, Micro Electrical/Mechanical Systems Device Scientist (MEMS Device Scientist), Research Scientist, Senior Materials Scientist

Knowledge:

    Math and Science
  • physics
  • chemistry
    Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
    Arts and Humanities
  • English language
    Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products

Skills:

    Basic Skills
  • using scientific rules and strategies to solve problems
  • reading work related information
    Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
    People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilites:

    Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • read and understand what is written
    Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
    Math
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide

Personality:

Description: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
    They do well at jobs that need
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Initiative
  • Innovation
  • Persistence

Technology:

    Analytical or scientific software
  • Bruker AXS LEPTOS
  • IBM SPSS Statistics
    Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
    Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education:

    bachelor's degree
    doctoral degree
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