Nanotechnicians produce, test, and modify nanomaterials, nanodevices, and nanosystems. A nanometer is one-millionth of a millimeter; a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nanometers thick. Nanotechnicians are also known as nanomaterials technicians and nanotechnology engineering technicians. They assist nanotechnologists and nanoscientists.
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Nanotechnology professionals with associate’s degrees earn salaries that range from $35,000 to $50,000, according to the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that chemical technicians (a career category that includes nanotechnicians) earned median salaries of $48,160 in May 2018. Salaries ranged from less than $29,920 to $79,100 or more. Nanotechn...
Employment settings for nanotechicians vary by industry. Those who are employed by semiconductor manufacturers often work in large cleanrooms that have special filtration systems which require strict temperature-and humidity-control systems. Technicians in this setting must wear special suits called “bunny suits” that prevent contamination of the work environment. Nanotechnicians may also work ...
The U.S. Department of Labor’s ONET OnLine career site predicts slower than average employment growth of nanotechnology engineering technicians through 2028. Employment should benefit as more nanotechnologies are developed for use in consumer goods. From 2005 to 2013, the number of nanotechnology-based consumer products (NBCPs) grew by 24 percent, and has continued growing in the years since. A...