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17-2199.09 - Nanosystems Engineers

Design, develop, or supervise the production of materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition, applying principles of nanoscale physics and electrical, chemical, or biological engineering.

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Tasks

  • Conduct research related to a range of nanotechnology topics, such as packaging, heat transfer, fluorescence detection, nanoparticle dispersion, hybrid systems, liquid systems, nanocomposites, nanofabrication, optoelectronics, or nanolithography. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Create designs or prototypes for nanosystem applications, such as biomedical delivery systems or atomic force microscopes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or engineer nanomaterials, nanodevices, nano-enabled products, or nanosystems, using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Coordinate or supervise the work of suppliers or vendors in the designing, building, or testing of nanosystem devices, such as lenses or probes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Engineer production processes for specific nanotechnology applications, such as electroplating, nanofabrication, or epoxy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop processes or identify equipment needed for pilot or commercial nanoscale scale production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide scientific or technical guidance or expertise to scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, or others, using knowledge of chemical, analytical, or biological processes as applied to micro and nanoscale systems. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare nanotechnology-related invention disclosures or patent applications. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare reports, deliver presentations, or participate in program review activities to communicate engineering results or recommendations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Generate high-resolution images or measure force-distance curves, using techniques such as atomic force microscopy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify new applications for existing nanotechnologies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Provide technical guidance or support to customers on topics such as nanosystem start-up, maintenance, or use. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Apply nanotechnology to improve the performance or reduce the environmental impact of energy products, such as fuel cells or solar cells. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design nano-based manufacturing processes to minimize water, chemical, or energy use, as well as to reduce waste production. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design nano-enabled products with reduced toxicity, increased durability, or improved energy efficiency. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design nanoparticle catalysts to detect or remove chemical or other pollutants from water, soil, or air. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Design nanosystems with components such as nanocatalysts or nanofiltration devices to clean specific pollutants from hazardous waste sites. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop catalysis or other green chemistry methods to synthesize nanomaterials, such as nanotubes, nanocrystals, nanorods, or nanowires. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop green building nanocoatings, such as self-cleaning, anti-stain, depolluting, anti-fogging, anti-icing, antimicrobial, moisture-resistant, or ultraviolet protectant coatings. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Integrate nanotechnology with antimicrobial properties into products, such as household or medical appliances, to reduce the development of bacteria or other microbes. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.
  • Reengineer nanomaterials to improve biodegradability. Green Task Statement See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Atomic absorption AA spectrometers — Atomic absorption spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Differential interference contrast DIC microscopes; Fluorescence optical microscopes; Optical inspection microscopes; Optical profilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capacitance meters — Capacitance-voltage C-V plotters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computer servers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cryogenic temperature controllers — Temperature controllers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Cryostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Critical point dryers; Spin dryers; Spin rinse dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electronic measuring probes — Probe stations See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Goniometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld refractometers or polarimeters — Handheld refractometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Impedance meters — Four-point probes; Impedance analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared dryers — Ultraviolet UV exposure units See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Infrared spectrometers — Infrared microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Inkjet printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Isolation glove boxes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory evaporators — Filament evaporators; Resistance evaporators; Thermal evaporators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory safety furnaces — Ashing systems; Atmospheric furnaces; Oxidation furnaces See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Lasers — Pulsed laser systems; Tunable lasers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Light scattering equipment — Zeta potential analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microprocessors — Graphics processing units GPU See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microtomes — Cryocut microtomes; Ultramicrotomes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Network analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Optical diffraction apparatus — Particle size analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Polarizing microscopes — Raman scattering microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Potentiometers — Potentiostats See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Reciprocating shaking water baths — Reciprocating shaker water baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning electron microscopes — Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM; Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM; Scanning auger microscopes; Scanning electron microscopes SEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning light or spinning disk or laser scanning microscopes — Confocal Raman microscopes; Laser scanning confocal microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanning probe microscopes — Atomic force microscopes AFM; Scanning tunneling microscopes STM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor process systems — Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems; Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems; Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems; Wafer saws (see all 25 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Semiconductor testers — Semiconductor parameter analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Signal generators — Laser pattern generators; Optical pattern generators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrometers — Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes; Raman scattering spectroscopes; Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS; X-ray photoelectron spectrometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spectrophotometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surface testers — Profilometers; Surface profilers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Rapid thermal annealers RTA See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thermal differential analyzers — Laser flash systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Thickness measuring devices — Ellipsometers; Scanning ellipsometers; Spectroscopic ellipsometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Transmission electron microscopes — Transmission electron microscopes TEM See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tumblers or polishers — Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems; Lapping machines See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Video attachments for microscopes — Video microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voltage or current meters — Surface charge analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • X ray diffraction equipment — X ray diffractometers See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Analytical or scientific software — General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System GAMESS *; QuantumWise Atomistix ToolKit; UTQUANT *; Vienna Ab-Initio Simulation Package VASP (see all 15 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided design CAD software — Autodesk AutoCAD software; LinkCAD; Optical Research Associates LightTools; PTC Pro/ENGINEER software (see all 8 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Computer aided manufacturing CAM software — Rapid prototyping software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Development environment software — National Instruments LabVIEW See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Adobe Systems Adobe Freehand See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Operating system software — Linux software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare operational reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise customers on the use of products or services. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop technical methods or processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test performance of electrical, electronic, mechanical, or integrated systems or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Measure physical or chemical properties of materials or objects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare contracts, disclosures, or applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise engineering or other technical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide technical guidance to other personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering aspects of biological or chemical processes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinate activities with suppliers, contractors, clients, or other departments. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Explain engineering drawings, specifications, or other technical information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Devise research or testing protocols. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare proposal documents. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop operational methods or processes that use green materials or emphasize sustainability. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create physical models or prototypes. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Research engineering applications of emerging technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design materials for industrial or commercial applications. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design alternative energy systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identify new applications for existing technologies. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Design micro- or nano-scale materials, devices, or systems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate precision equipment to control microscopic or nanoscopic processes. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Education

This occupation may require a background in the following science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educational disciplines:

Physics/Astronomy — Elementary Particle Physics; Engineering Physics

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IRE

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Employment data collected from Engineers, All Other.
Industry data collected from Engineers, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $45.31 hourly, $94,240 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 133,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 29,500
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Job Openings on the Web

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