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Materials Scientist or Engineer

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Materials scientists or engineers research, design and develop a range of materials, such as plastics, metals, polymers and ceramics. They study the properties of materials, how they behave in different conditions and work out the best materials to use to make products. They also consider environmentally friendly alternatives and processes.

They may be called metallurgists or polymer engineers if specialising in one type of material.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salaries for graduate materials scientists are in the range £22,000 to £26,000 a year. With experience or a postgraduate qualification starting salaries can be from £24,000 to £34,000 a year. For senior positions, salaries can reach £60,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

Materials scientists or engineers work in a wide range of industries including construction, aerospace, plastics, paper, textiles, oil, gas, coal and artificial fibres. There are also jobs in engineering contracting companies to design and build production plants.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2019
7811
1.2 %
RISE
2024
7902
  United Kingdom
2019
78984
1.6 %
RISE
2024
80214

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

More Information

The Tomorrow’s Engineers website has more information on careers in engineering.

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Engineering Council
Tel: 020 3206 0500
Website: http://www.engc.org.uk/
Twitter: @EngCouncil

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3)
Tel: 020 7451 7300
Website: http://www.iom3.org/
Twitter: @iom3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iom3globalnetwork

IOM3 also have a website devoted to careers in the mining and minerals industries at www.uk-rocks.net

Institute of Science and Technology
Tel: 0114 276 3197
E-mail: office@istonline.org.uk
Website: http://www.istonline.org.uk/
Twitter: @istonline
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/istonline.org.uk

Science Council
Tel: 020 3434 2020
E-mail: enquiries@sciencecouncil.org
Website: http://www.sciencecouncil.org/
Website (2): http://www.futuremorph.org/
Twitter: @Science_Council

The Science Council provides the quality assurance system for those working in science. They set the standards for professional registration for practising scientists and science technicians across all scientific disciplines. Those scientists who reach the required standards are recognised by the following designations CSci, CSciTeach, RSci and RSciTech.

SEMTA (Science, Engineering and Manufacturing Technologies Alliance)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
E-mail: customerservices@semta.org.uk
Website: http://www.semta.org.uk/
Twitter: @SemtaSkills
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SemtaSkills?ref=hl

SEMTA is the Sector Skills Council for science, engineering and manufacturing technologies.

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