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Nanosystems Engineers

Also called: Advanced Research Programs Director, Microarray Operations Vice President, Scientist, Technical Programs Manager

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • Write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies.
  • Synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques.
  • Supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.


Engineering and Technology
  • product and service development
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • physics
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • manufacture and distribution of products


Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Innovation
  • Persistence
  • Attention to Detail
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Initiative


You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System GAMESS
  • QuantumWise Atomistix ToolKit
Computer aided design CAD software
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • LinkCAD
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
master's degree or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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