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Materials Engineer

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Researches and tests the materials used to make a wide range of products. Develops new substances that have the properties needed for a particular use, or finds new ways to use existing substances. Uses knowledge of the chemical properties of materials, and specializes in one type of material, such as ceramics, metals, or plastics.

Job Outlook

There were 71 Materials Engineer job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 2819 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Materials Engineer industry, which includes the Materials Engineer career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Materials 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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $77,801.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $72,320.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Materials Engineer postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $64,771.

Education and Experience

Posted Materials 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree54%
Master's Degree39%
Doctoral Degree7%
Other0%

Posted Materials 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years33%
3 to 5 years39%
6 to 8 years13%
9+ years15%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Materials 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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (40%)
  • Research (29%)
  • Problem Solving (29%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (26%)
  • Microsoft Excel (18%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Materials Science (42%)
  • Materials Engineering (36%)
  • Chemistry (24%)
  • Failure Analysis (15%)
  • Chemical Engineering (11%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Physics (19%)
  • Project Management (12%)
  • Experiments (11%)
  • Scheduling (11%)
  • Microscope (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Materials Selection (6%)
  • Materials Testing (6%)
  • Materials Processing (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Materials Engineer skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Material Analyst
  • Senior Materials Engineer
  • Materials Scientist
  • Product Guide

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Materials Engineer jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (62)
  • Northrop Grumman (61)
  • Raytheon (44)
  • The Boeing Company (43)
  • Amazon (38)

North Carolina

  • Cree, Inc. (7)
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (4)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (4)
  • Naval Air Systems Command (3)
  • Navair (3)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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