Materials Development Engineer
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Researches and develops materials used in a range of industrial products and processes. Identifies new or different combinations of materials to improve product performance and durability; develops and tests materials engineering and production processes.
There were 6 Materials Development Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 422 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Materials Engineer industry, which includes the Materials Development Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:
Many new Materials Development Engineer jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $84,713.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $58,410.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Materials Development Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $75,986.
Education and Experience
Posted Materials Development Engineer jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Materials Development Engineer jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||25%|
|3 to 5 years||50%|
|6 to 8 years||9%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Materials Development Engineer positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (48%)
- Research (41%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (38%)
- Problem Solving (37%)
- Writing (19%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Materials Development (90%)
- Materials Science (61%)
- Materials Engineering (53%)
- Chemistry (37%)
- Physics (31%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Project Management (19%)
- Engineering Design (16%)
- Engineering Design and Installation (16%)
- Experiments (16%)
- Data Analysis (14%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing (AM) (7%)
- Heat Treatment (5%)
- Finite Element Analysis (4%)
- Thermoplastic (3%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Design for Manufacture/Design for Assembly (DFM/DFA) (2%) – marginal value $1,286
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Materials Development Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Materials Engineer
- Senior Materials Engineer
- Material Analyst
- Materials Scientist
- Material Science Engineer
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Materials Engineer
- Metallurgical Engineer
- Welding Engineer
- Light Metals Engineer
- Additive Manufacturing Engineer
- Materials Research Engineer
- Plastics Engineer
- Polymer Chemist
- Chemical Engineer
Here are the employers that have posted the most Materials Development Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Kimberly-Clark (19)
- Northrop Grumman (19)
- Raytheon (14)
- Blue Origin (13)
- Medtronic (12)
- Jctm (3)
- Albemarle Corporation (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!