Graduate Salary
4 years
Avg Length

Materials Engineering Requirements

Materials engineering entails the specialized study of materials at an atomic and electrochemical level. Materials engineering careers involve the study, development and testing of materials required in a wide range of manufactured products.

Materials engineering careers usually begin with a bachelor's degree—a Bachelor of Science in either the general materials science and engineering field or in one of the specialty areas such as metallurgy or polymers. Students may choose to deepen their knowledge and increase their job marketability with a graduate degree in the subject, such as a Master of Science, Master of Engineering (ME) or PhD degree. A master's degree takes one to two years to complete, and a PhD may require one to two years beyond that.

Materials Engineering Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Materials Engineering degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Materials Engineering degrees have experience in is Materials Scientist, followed by Engineer, Potter, Industrial Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Environmental Engineer, Industrial Production Manager, Caterer, and Coach.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Materials Scientist 7.7% 0.0% 270.2×
Engineer 4.0% 1.0% 4.0×
Potter 0.8% 0.0% 33.3×
Industrial Engineer 2.3% 0.1% 22.9×
Mechanical Engineer 2.0% 0.4% 4.8×
Aerospace Engineer 0.6% 0.1% 8.0×
Environmental Engineer 1.2% 0.1% 20.3×
Industrial Production Manager 0.6% 0.1% 10.8×
Caterer NA NA NA
Coach 1.0% 0.7% 1.4×

Materials Engineering Salary

Materials Engineering graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

Percentile Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)
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Materials Engineering Underemployment

Materials Engineering graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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