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Job Prospects in Nanotechnology

In an emerging field such as nanotechnology a question arises as to where the jobs are.   A recent report on the first decade of nanotechnology provides insight into this question.*  In the year 2000, the market of nanotechnology-enabled products was approximately $40B, which increased to approximately $250B by 2009.  This correlates to an increase in jobs from 60,000 to 400,000.  All leading indicators predict that there will be 2 million jobs by 2015.  In view of the current job market, this is exciting news.

So, where are the jobs?  About 40% are in the USA with the others distributed in Japan, Europe, and Asia.  But note that often the job titles are not labeled as “nanotechnologist”.  Companies who advertise jobs on nanotechnology web sites are looking for:

Microfabrication Engineer, MEMS Device Physics Engineer, Principle Scientist: Drug Delivery, Business Development Manager-Nanotech, Senior Researcher: Bio-Nanotechnology, Medical Device Engineer, Near Field Semiconductor Engineer, Research Scientist: Nanoscale Thermal Transport, and even Project Manager.

These are only some of the jobs in which expertise in nanotechnology is critical.  Jobs are found in companies that produce medical diagnostic devices, targeted therapeutics, high efficiency lighting, advanced materials, wireless electronics and mobile devices, microelectronics, metrology tools, chemical catalysts, etc.

See the following link for information from the USA National Nanotechnology Initiative:

The complete report, “Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020” is available at

Nanotechnology job sites include:

* Nanotechnology Research Directions for Societal Needs in 2020.  (ed)  M. Roco, M. Hersam, C. Mirkin . Springer 2011