Nanotechnologists are employed by local, state, and federal agencies that conduct research in nanotechnology and nanoengineering, including the following federal agencies:
Additionally, nanotechnologists work in many industries, including:
Finally, some nanotechnologists are employed as professors and researchers at colleges and universities; others work in the U.S. military.
Nanotechnologists often break into the field by working as laboratory assistants or interns during their college years. Others advance from the position of nanotechnician.
Popular job-search strategies include using the resources of your university’s career services office, attending career fairs, checking out job listings on employment Web sites, and networking in-person and on social networking sites such as LinkedIn. Additionally, visit https://www.nanowerk.com/nanotechnology/research/nanotechnology_links.php for a list of nanotechnology companies and laboratories. Start researching these companies to learn about job openings and the industry as a whole.
Skilled and experienced nanotechnologists advance by receiving increases in salary and by being assigned increasingly complex job duties. Some technologists become supervisors or department managers. Others continue their education in order to become nanosystems engineers, nanomaterials scientists, or college professors.
Read publications and other resources such as:
Visit the following Web sites for job listings:
Visit https://www.nsti.org/directory/companies for a list of nanotechnology companies in the United States and around the world.
Use social media sites to network and learn more about the industry. One useful resource is Nanotation (https://www.facebook.com/acsnanotation), the American Chemical Society’s Facebook site for nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Join professional associations such as the International Association of Nanotechnology to network and learn more about the field.