|Quick Facts: Chemists and Materials Scientists|
|2021 Median Pay||$79,760 per year
$38.34 per hour
|Typical Entry-Level Education||Bachelor's degree|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|Number of Jobs, 2021||90,600|
|Job Outlook, 2021-31||6% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2021-31||5,700|
Chemists and materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which the substances interact with one another. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.
Chemists and materials scientists work in laboratories and offices. They typically work full time and keep regular hours.
Chemists and materials scientists need at least a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or a related field. However, a master’s degree or Ph.D. is needed for many research jobs.
The median annual wage for chemists was $76,890 in May 2018.
The median annual wage for materials scientists was $99,800 in May 2018.
Overall employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 7 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Chemists and materials scientists with an advanced degree, particularly those with a Ph.D., are expected to have better opportunities.
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