Nanosystems Engineers
SOC: 17-2199.09


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
136,900 employed

Projected (2024):
142,300 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Advanced Research Programs Director
  • Durability Engineer
  • Microarray Operations Vice President
  • Nanoelectronics Engineer
  • Nanosystems Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Scientist
  • Technical Programs Manager

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.


    Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).

    Job Training:

    Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Write proposals to secure external funding or to partner with other companies.
  • Supervise technologists or technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Synthesize, process, or characterize nanomaterials, using advanced tools or techniques.
  • Identify new applications for existing nanotechnologies.
  • Provide technical guidance or support to customers on topics such as nanosystem start-up, maintenance, or use.
  • Generate high-resolution images or measure force-distance curves, using techniques such as atomic force microscopy.
  • Prepare reports, deliver presentations, or participate in program review activities to communicate engineering results or recommendations.
  • Prepare nanotechnology-related invention disclosures or patent applications.
  • Develop processes or identify equipment needed for pilot or commercial nanoscale scale production.
  • Provide scientific or technical guidance or expertise to scientists, engineers, technologists, technicians, or others, using knowledge of chemical, analytical, or biological processes as applied to micro and nanoscale systems.
  • Engineer production processes for specific nanotechnology applications, such as electroplating, nanofabrication, or epoxy.
  • Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems.
  • Coordinate or supervise the work of suppliers or vendors in the designing, building, or testing of nanosystem devices, such as lenses or probes.
  • Design or engineer nanomaterials, nanodevices, nano-enabled products, or nanosystems, using three-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software.
  • Create designs or prototypes for nanosystem applications, such as biomedical delivery systems or atomic force microscopes.
  • Conduct research related to a range of nanotechnology topics, such as packaging, heat transfer, fluorescence detection, nanoparticle dispersion, hybrid systems, liquid systems, nanocomposites, nanofabrication, optoelectronics, or nanolithography.
  • Apply nanotechnology to improve the performance or reduce the environmental impact of energy products, such as fuel cells or solar cells.
  • Design nano-based manufacturing processes to minimize water, chemical, or energy use, as well as to reduce waste production.
  • Design nano-enabled products with reduced toxicity, increased durability, or improved energy efficiency.
  • Design nanoparticle catalysts to detect or remove chemical or other pollutants from water, soil, or air.
  • Design nanosystems with components such as nanocatalysts or nanofiltration devices to clean specific pollutants from hazardous waste sites.
  • Develop catalysis or other green chemistry methods to synthesize nanomaterials, such as nanotubes, nanocrystals, nanorods, or nanowires.
  • Develop green building nanocoatings, such as self-cleaning, anti-stain, depolluting, anti-fogging, anti-icing, antimicrobial, moisture-resistant, or ultraviolet protectant coatings.
  • Integrate nanotechnology with antimicrobial properties into products, such as household or medical appliances, to reduce the development of bacteria or other microbes.
  • Reengineer nanomaterials to improve biodegradability.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Ashing systems
  • Atmospheric furnaces
  • Atomic absorption spectrometers
  • Atomic force microscopes AFM
  • Atomic layer deposition ALD systems
  • Capacitance meters
  • Capacitance-voltage C-V plotters
  • Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
  • Computer servers
  • Confocal Raman microscopes
  • Contact mask aligners
  • Critical point dryers
  • Cryocut microtomes
  • Cryostats
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential interference contrast DIC microscopes
  • Downstream strippers
  • Electron beam evaporators
  • Electron beam lithography systems
  • Ellipsometers
  • Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM
  • Filament evaporators
  • Fluorescence optical microscopes
  • Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM
  • Four-point probes
  • Fume hoods
  • Goniometers
  • Graphics processing units GPU
  • Handheld refractometers
  • Image reversal ovens
  • Impedance analyzers
  • Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE
  • Infrared microscopes
  • Inkjet printers
  • Ion mills
  • Isolation glove boxes
  • Lapping machines
  • Laser flash systems
  • Laser pattern generators
  • Laser scanning confocal microscopes
  • Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems
  • Magnetron sputtering systems
  • Mask writers
  • Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition MOCVD systems
  • Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems
  • Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems
  • Network analyzers
  • Optical inspection microscopes
  • Optical pattern generators
  • Optical profilers
  • Oxidation furnaces
  • Oxide etchers
  • Particle size analyzers
  • Parylene deposition systems
  • Plasma cleaning systems
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
  • Potentiostats
  • Probe stations
  • Profilometers
  • Pulsed laser systems
  • Raman scattering microscopes
  • Raman scattering spectroscopes
  • Rapid thermal annealers RTA
  • Reciprocating shaker water baths
  • Resistance evaporators
  • Scanning auger microscopes
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning ellipsometers
  • Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
  • Semiconductor parameter analyzers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometers
  • Spin dryers
  • Spin rinse dryers
  • Sputter coaters
  • Surface charge analyzers
  • Surface profilers
  • Temperature controllers
  • Thermal evaporators
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Tunable lasers
  • Ultramicrotomes
  • Ultrasonic cutters
  • Ultraviolet UV exposure units
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Video microscopes
  • Wafer bond aligners
  • Wafer bonding systems
  • Wafer saws
  • Wafer spinners
  • Wire bonders
  • X ray diffractometers
  • X-ray photoelectron spectrometers
  • Zeta potential analyzers
  • ABAQUS software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Autodesk AutoCAD software
  • Breault Research ASAP
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • CP2K
  • CPMD
  • CSC Elmer software
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA software
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Finite difference time domain FDTD software
  • General Atomic and Molecular Electronic Structure System GAMESS
  • IMSI Design DesignCAD
  • LAMMPS Molecular Dynamics Simulator
  • LinkCAD
  • Linux
  • MAYA Nastran
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • NWChem
  • Optical Research Associates LightTools
  • Oracle software
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • QuantumWise Atomistix ToolKit
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • SAP software
  • SEMC-2D
  • Simulation software
  • Tanner EDA L-Edit
  • Vienna Ab-Initio Simulation Package VASP

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980