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Nanotechnologist

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Nanotechnologists manipulate the tiniest of particles (nanomatter) to develop new or existing technology. They work with materials (organic or inorganic) using specialist devices (nanotools) such as microscopes, on the atomic scale (the nanometre, which is one billionth of a metre).

They are also known as nanotechnology engineers.

The Work

Nanotechnology is a combination of science, technology and engineering which has a wide spectrum of applications spanning electronics, biotechnology, health and medicine, robotics and energy production. This could range from developing more effective sunscreens and more potent medicines, to more durable materials and faster electronic microprocessors.

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Pay

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

Salaries for nanotechnology engineers can start at around £20,000 to £27,000 a year. Nanotechnologists working in research earn between £25,000 and £35,000 a year after completing their PhD.

Senior nanotechnologists working in industry earn between £30,000 and £40,000 a year.

Academic professors teaching at a university might earn around £60,000 a year.

Conditions

Workforce Employment Status

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Getting In

You could work in a research centre (perhaps a university or government laboratory) or in industry. You could look for jobs on site such as New Scientist Jobs.

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
1869
2.7 %
RISE
2024
1919
  United Kingdom
2019
22682
1.7 %
RISE
2024
23059

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What Does it Take?

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Training

Getting On

Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Institute of Physics (IOP)
Tel: 020 7470 4800
E-mail: education@iop.org
Website: http://www.iop.org/careers/index.html
Website (2): http://www.physics.org
Twitter: @PhysicsNews

Royal Society of Chemistry
Tel: 01223 432231
Website: http://www.rsc.org/
Website (2): http://www.rsc.org/careers/future/
Twitter: @RoySocChem
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RoyalSocietyofChemistry

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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