Materials Scientist or Engineer

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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:


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 £50,000 a year.


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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.

What Does it Take?

You need:


Getting On

More Information

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


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Enginuity (formerly SEMTA)
Tel: 0845 643 9001
Twitter: @Enginuity_Org

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