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.

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Indiana Average Salary
Average Time to Fill 51 days
Typical Education Bachelor's degree
Typical Experience None
10 Year Projected Openings (2016-2026) 775
10 Year Expected Percentage Change (2016-2026) 5.77 %

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Skills Profile



Essential (Soft) Skills

Essential Skills to Employers

Attention to Detail
Critical Thinking
Information Gathering
Resource Allocation
Problem-solving
Decision-making
Oral Communication
Integrity
Organization
Written Communication
Numerical and Arithmetic Application
Creativity
Following Directions
Technology and Tool Usage
Leadership
Work Ethic

Top Job Duties and Responsibilities

Thinking Creatively

Develop new products based on scientific research
Develop scientific hypotheses, theories, or laws
Write research or project grant proposals
Write business project or bid proposals
Develop theories or models of physical phenomena
Develop new or advanced products or production methods
Develop simple informational data repositories or databases
Develop complex computer databases
Capture photographs digitally or on film
Develop new chemical processing techniques or formulas
Create mathematical or statistical diagrams, charts, or tables

Analyzing Data or Information

Forecast phenomena based on statistical or mathematical research data
Analyze scientific or investigative findings
Conduct standardized quantitative laboratory analyses
Identify problems using mathematical or statistical methods
Perform statistical analysis or modeling
Conduct standardized qualitative laboratory analyses
Test chemical or physical characteristics of materials or products

Getting Information

Collect scientific or technical data
Research information related to business operations or analytics using library or internet
Study structure or properties of submicroscopic matter
Research industrial processes or operations
Conduct laboratory research or experiments
Collect statistical data
Collect information from people through observation, interviews, or surveys

Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information

Estimate material requirements for production
Estimate project material requirements
Determine equipment or tool requirements for projects
Estimate project labor requirements
Measure ingredients or substances to be used in production processes
Determine physical or chemical properties of materials

Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates

Direct implementation of new procedures, policies, or programs
Manage industrial production activities or processes
Manage laboratory environment or facility
Manage handling of hazardous, toxic, or non-compliant materials
Supervise industrial, production, or manufacturing personnel

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events

Classify plants, animals, or other natural phenomena
Identify properties of rocks or minerals
Identify characteristics of metals and alloys
Identify software needed for specific project or task
Select insulation materials
Select materials, tools, or accessories needed to complete project work

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material

Test historical authenticity of various materials
Test manufactured products
Test quality of materials or finished products
Compute product or materials test results
Test materials to verify safety standards

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