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Materials Scientist or Engineer

Materials scientists working in a laboratory

Materials scientists or engineers research, design and develop a range of materials. This could be plastics, metals, polymers and ceramics. They aim to make materials stronger, lighter and more environmentally friendly.

They may be called metallurgists or polymer engineers if working with 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, rising to around £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. These can include construction, aerospace, plastics, paper, textiles, oil and gas. There are also jobs in engineering companies to design and build production plants.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2024
10176
2.3 %
RISE
2029
10406
  United Kingdom
2024
125592
3.3 %
RISE
2029
129749

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What Does it Take?

You need:

Training

Getting On

More Information

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

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Career Area

Engineering

Career Sectors

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