Career Options in Material science

Material science is a good career choice for the job seeking aspirants. With the advent of consumerism and demand for user friendly product has given rise to material science and its application to produce light weight material. This sector is providing jobs in the field like extraction, processing, testing and developing the materials which can be used in diversified products such as fiber optics, screens, computer chips and other useful items. Companies like Cargill, Boeing, and Seagate etc. are hiring material science graduates and engineers in their research and development teams and manufacturing facilities at excellent salary packages.


To join the field one has to possess a bachelor degree in material sciences like B.Sc., B.Tech.One can go to higher course also such as M.Sc.,, Ph.D., M.Phil etc.There are good instititutes offering quality education and job opportunities in the field of material sciences.To name some are IIT Bombay, ISM Dhanbad, IIT Madras and many more. They offer customized courses into various disciplines of material science e.g.

  • Biomedical
  • Energy
  • Optical and Electronics
  • Ceramic Studies
  • Materials and Manufacturing
  • Molecular Physics
  • Nanotechnology
  • Polymer Science
  • Process Engineering
  • Material Modeling/Chemistry
  • Metals and Alloys

Skills Required:

As this field involves a lot research And development function one must be good at quantitative and qualitative data analysis, interpretation skills, research skills etc.It is blend of biology, engineering ,physics and chemistry and demand great deal of learning new concepts and their implications. One should be equipped with the knowledge of various data analysis and research work software also like SPSS, computer modeling and others. Apart from this good written and verbal communication skill, effective listening skills, observation skills and attention to detail skills can be the pre requisites.

Career Avenues:

There are immense career prospects in the material science field. Candidates are working with reputed organizations at very lucrative salaries as scientists, consultants and analysts into manufacturing and technical units. Sectors in which one can employed with are:

  • Mining
  • Pharmaceutical Marketing
  • Healthcare
  • Industrial gas Plants
  • Packaging
  • Aerospace
  • Government Agencies
  • Paper Industry
  • Consumer Goods Industry
  • Polymer Industry

Various designations are there to get employed. Some are as under;

  • Mining Engineer
  • Material Consultant
  • Project Engineer
  • Designing Specialist
  • Operation Manager
  • Research and Development Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Material Scientist
  • Petro Physicist

Salary Structure:

Salary packages are also very good for material science practitioners.Strating monthly salary can be in the range of Rs.25000 to Rs.50000.Grduates from reputed institute start with a salary of Rs.60000 to Rs.70000 also. After getting experience and knowledge there is no bar how much a person can earn from the field.

Recent Outlook:

Various organizations are investing huge amount in research and development activities for new product development. There are hiring material science professional for the purpose.

Therefore if one is good in math and sciences and wants to be a part of the growth must join material science field to give his career a jump start.

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