The research and testing of new materials and alloys of existing materials to create new materials with different, beneficial properties. Lots of research is put into the development of plastics, as well as new materials with flexible properties, nanotechnology and other specific properties for large scale objects such as space stations to consumer products such as mobile electronic equipment.
You’ll usually need a foundation degree, HNC, HND or degree in a relevant subject, like applied chemistry, applied physics, materials engineering, materials science, or technology.
You could also do a degree specialising in a group of materials or their commercial use, like biomaterials, metallurgy, polymer science, or sports and materials science
You could get into this job through an apprenticeship, and then work your way up
The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining has information about careers and qualifications in this field.
Career Path and Progression
With experience, you could move into project management or technical sales. You could also specialise in a particular material, or work in research and consultancy.
Related careers you may be interested in:
- Materials technician
- A strong interest in science and technology
- The ability to translate scientific data to industrial solutions
- Good communication skills
- Able to present technical data to colleagues
- Good IT skills
- Good organisational skills
- Good commercial awareness
- The ability to work well as part of a team
£20,000 to £45,000