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Occupational Employment Statistics


DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA

19-2032 Materials Scientists



Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 11015$52.57/hr$31.79/hr$40.60/hr$51.87/hr$66.36/hr$82.83/hr


IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Manufacturing50$66.36/hr
Professional and Business Services70$40.61/hr
Education and Health ServicesN/AN/A
Other ServicesN/AN/A
 
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Central Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southeast Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Minnesota N/AN/AN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA N/AN/AN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Rochester MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
St Cloud MN MSA N/AN/AN/A
Northwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Southwest Balance of State N/AN/AN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 110$51.87/hr3.9%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 110$51.87/hrN/A
Minnesota 120$51.86/hr3.4%


Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Materials Engineers 430$51.11/hr5.7%
Nuclear Engineers N/AN/AN/A
Mechanical Engineers 5,850$40.63/hr6.0%
Electrical Engineers 3,810$50.60/hr3.9%
Chemical Engineers 120$61.43/hr11.9%
Architectural and Engineering Managers 4,120$78.24/hr3.6%
Engineering Teachers, Postsecondary 540$108,112.21/yr7.4%
Commercial and Industrial Designers 940$38.14/hr1.3%
Industrial Engineering Technologists and Technicians 3,260$30.90/hr4.4%
Computer Hardware Engineers 550$51.34/hr-0.4%


  • Plan laboratory experiments to confirm feasibility of processes and techniques used in the production of materials with special characteristics.
  • Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.
  • Recommend materials for reliable performance in various environments.
  • Conduct research on the structures and properties of materials, such as metals, alloys, polymers, and ceramics, to obtain information that could be used to develop new products or enhance existing ones.
  • Teach in colleges and universities.
  • Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications.
  • Teach in colleges and universities.
  • Perform experiments and computer modeling to study the nature, structure, and physical and chemical properties of metals and their alloys, and their responses to applied forces.
  • Supervise and monitor production processes to ensure efficient use of equipment, timely changes to specifications, and project completion within time frame and budget.
  • Confer with customers to determine how to tailor materials to their needs.