Nanotechnology Engineering Technologists
SOC: 17-3029.11


Implement production processes for nanoscale designs to produce or modify materials, devices, or systems of unique molecular or macromolecular composition. Operate advanced microscopy equipment to manipulate nanoscale objects. Work under the supervision of nanoengineering staff.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
70,100 employed

Projected (2024):
69,900 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:

  • Nanotechnologist

  • Tasks:

  • Supervise or provide technical direction to technicians engaged in nanotechnology research or production.
  • Install nanotechnology production equipment at customer or manufacturing sites.
  • Contribute written material or data for grant or patent applications.
  • Produce images or measurements, using tools or techniques such as atomic force microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, optical microscopy, particle size analysis, or zeta potential analysis.
  • Prepare detailed verbal or written presentations for scientists, engineers, project managers, or upper management.
  • Prepare capability data, training materials, or other documentation for transfer of processes to production.
  • Develop or modify wet chemical or industrial laboratory experimental techniques for nanoscale use.
  • Collect or compile nanotechnology research or engineering data.
  • Inspect or measure thin films of carbon nanotubes, polymers, or inorganic coatings, using a variety of techniques or analytical tools.
  • Implement new or enhanced methods or processes for the processing, testing, or manufacture of nanotechnology materials or products.
  • Collaborate with scientists or engineers to design or conduct experiments for the development of nanotechnology materials, components, devices, or systems.
  • Analyze the life cycle of nanomaterials or nano-enabled products to determine environmental impact.
  • Capture nanoparticle contaminants, using techniques such as electrical fields or electrospinning.
  • Compare the performance or environmental impact of nanomaterials by nanoparticle size, shape, or organization.
  • Mix raw materials or catalysts to manufacture nanoparticles according to specifications, ensuring proper particle size, shape, or organization.
  • Monitor hazardous waste cleanup procedures to ensure proper application of nanocomposites or accomplishment of objectives.
  • Process nanoparticles or nanostructures, using technologies such as ultraviolet radiation, microwave energy, or catalysis.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Atomic force microscopes AFM
  • Atomic layer deposition ALD systems
  • Auger electron microscopes
  • Bake ovens
  • Bourdon tube gauges
  • Capacitance manometers
  • Capacitively coupled plasma CCP reactors
  • Chemical baths
  • Chemical mechanical polishing CMP systems
  • Chemical protective aprons
  • Contact aligners
  • Cryogenic gloves
  • Deionization water systems
  • Desktop computers
  • Dielectric deposition tools
  • Digital pattern generators
  • Electron beam evaporators
  • Electron beam writers
  • Ellipsometers
  • Energy dispersive x-ray EDX spectroscopes
  • Extreme ultraviolet EUV systems
  • Eyewash stations
  • Face shields
  • Field emission scanning electron microscopes FESEM
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Fluorescence optical microscopes
  • Focused ion beam FIB etching tools
  • Focused ion beam scanning electron microscopes FIB-SEM
  • Four-point probes
  • Gowning gloves
  • Helium leak detectors
  • Hotplates
  • Inductively coupled plasma reactive ion etchers ICP-RIE
  • Infrared spectroscopes
  • Interferometers
  • Ion implanters
  • Ion mills
  • Ionization gauges
  • Isolation glove boxes
  • Linewidth measurement systems
  • Low pressure chemical vapor deposition LPCVD systems
  • Magnetron plasma sputter reactors
  • Mask aligners
  • Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition MOCVD systems
  • Molecular beam epitaxy MBE systems
  • Molecular vapor deposition MVD systems
  • Nanoimprint lithography NIL systems
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Optical profilers
  • Optical thin film measurement systems
  • Optical tweezers
  • Oxidation furnaces
  • Parallel plate reactive ion etchers RIE
  • Parametric analyzers
  • Particle counters
  • Particle size analyzers
  • Photoelectron spectroscopes
  • Photoresist dispensing systems
  • Photoresist spin coaters
  • Pipettes
  • Pirani gauges
  • Plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition PECVD systems
  • Plasma etchers
  • Profilometers
  • Protective gowns
  • Rapid thermal annealers RTA
  • Residual gas analyzers
  • Respirators
  • Safety goggles
  • Safety showers
  • Scanning acoustic microscopes
  • Scanning electron microscopes SEM
  • Scanning probe microscopes SPM
  • Scanning tunneling microscopes STM
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometers SIMS
  • Self-contained breathing apparatus
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Spectroscopic ellipsometers
  • Spin dryers
  • Spin processors
  • Sputter coaters
  • Thermal evaporators
  • Transmission electron microscopes TEM
  • Turbo pumps
  • Ultrasonic cleaners
  • Ultraviolet ozone cleaners
  • Vacuum contact printers
  • Vacuum hotplates
  • Vacuum ovens
  • Wafer substrate bonders
  • Wire bonders
  • X ray diffractometers
  • Zeta potential analyzers
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • Image analysis software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Word
  • Optical imaging systems
  • Simulation software
  • SPMLab

  • architecture and engineering

    industry stats

    SOC: 17-0000

    Total Employed: 2,475,390

    Average Annual Salary: $82,980