- An exciting new field of science and technology, work on a tiny nanoscale
- You'll be pushing the boundaries of science and technology, working in a wide range of possible industries or research settings
- You can progress into senior management of senior academic roles
As a nanotechnologist, you could be working in electronics, energy production and storage, automotive and aerospace industries, biotechnology, medicine and pharmaceuticals, or food science and production.
- Create devices and materials on the nanoscale (- 0.1 to 100nm in size)
- Operate scientific instruments to separate and analyse your products
- Perform experiments to test the nanotechnology you have produced
- Maintain production and experimental equipment
- Use computers to interpret data
- Prepare learning materials and plan lectures
- Give lectures to students and lead workshops
- Plan research schedules
- Oversee staff in a laboratory
- Write reports and articles
- Order materials, chemicals and stock for your laboratory
You could work in a laboratory, and you may need to wear protective clothing.
To be a nanotechnologist, you'll need science, maths, engineering science and technology knowledge and skills; thoroughness and attention to detail, analytical thinking skills, persistence and determination, and the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning.
You'll then usually need a degree or a master's qualification in nanotechnology or a related course that includes nanotechnology such as nanoscience, physics, chemistry, electronics engineering, or materials science.
Some employers may also expect you to have a PhD, or be working towards one, as well as experience of working in a lab.
You might be able to move into nanotechnology if you're already working in research science or engineering, such as a chemist, physicist, or electronics engineer.
With experience you could work your way up to a management role. You could also move into a teaching or lecturing role.