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Occupational Report for Materials Scientists (19-2032) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Research and study the structures and chemical properties of various natural and synthetic or composite materials, including metals, alloys, rubber, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, and glass. Determine ways to strengthen or combine materials or develop new materials with new or specific properties for use in a variety of products and applications. Includes glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, and polymer scientists.

Employment Outlook for Materials Scientists
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much smaller than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much lower than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a somewhat slower rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Due to few projected job openings in this occupation, reasonable employment opportunities do not exist.

Data Sources and Limitations
Current Employment Department Job Openings for Materials Scientists There are 5 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 5 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Materials Developer 6/22/14 Beaverton
Job Openings from the Web for Materials Scientists The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 9 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 9 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
Performance Apparel Materials Researcher 7/8/14 Portland Nike
Sr Materials Researcher 7/3/14 Portland Nike
Sr Materials Researcher 7/2/14 Portland Nike
Sr Materials Researcher 7/2/14 Portland Nike
Sr. Materials Research Scientist (Solar Materials) 5/14/14 Portland SunEdis on
Sr. Materials Research Scientist (Solar Materials) 5/14/14 Portland SunEdis on
State of Oregon License Information for Materials Scientists No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Materials Scientists
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
10th 25th 50th
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $30.39 $33.50 $40.24 $51.74 $66.35 $43.17 $89,783
Multnomah / Washington 34.05 39.05 46.89 63.93 71.03 50.02 104,034
Data Sources and Limitations
Regional Employment Projections for Materials Scientists
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 58 64 6 10.3% 1 2 3
Multnomah / Washington 31 33 2 6.5% 0 1 1
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 10 11 1 10.0% 0 0 0
Lane 6 7 1 16.7% 0 0 0
Clackamas 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 3 4 1 33.3% 0 0 0
Jackson / Josephine 2 2 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Klamath / Lake 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1 1 0 0.0% 0 0 0

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
Data Sources and Limitations
Industries of Employment for Materials Scientists
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Ownership 2012
Total All Industries All 58
Total All Industries Private 53
Manufacturing Private 35
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing Private 16
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing Private 14
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 16
Scientific Research and Development Services Private 10
Educational Requirements for Materials Scientists The typical entry level education for this occupation is a Bachelor's degree. Those with a Master's degree have a competitive advantage in the labor market.
Skills for Materials Scientists
  • Analyze And Interpret Chemical Experimental Data
  • Analyze Theoretical, Observational And Experimental Data
  • Apply Basic Chemistry
  • Apply Basic Physics
  • Apply Chemical Laboratory Tests
  • Apply Knowledge Of Building Materials
  • Apply Linear Algebra
  • Apply Macro-Molecular Chemistry Principles
  • Apply Mathematical Principles To New Technology Creation
  • Apply Mathematics To Statistical Modeling
  • Apply Metallurgical Engineering Principles
  • Apply Oxidation Theory
  • Apply Polymerization Principles
  • Apply Principles And Theories Of Physics
  • Apply Process Methodology To Metal Manufacturing
  • Apply Research Methodology To Science Or Engineering
  • Apply Safe Waste Disposal Procedures
  • Apply Statistical Methods
  • Calculate Stress, Load Or Capacity Of Structures And Materials
  • Compile Data
  • Conduct Investigations And Research
  • Conduct Laboratory Research
  • Conduct Qualitative Analysis
  • Design Tables Depicting Data
  • Develop And Revise Databases
  • Follow Hazardous Materials Specifications
  • Identify Properties Of Rocks And Minerals
  • Inspect Products And Systems For Regulatory Compliance
  • Make Presentations
  • Prepare Reports In Timely Manner
  • Present Technical Papers And Research Results
  • Recognize Characteristics Of Composite Materials (Fiberglass, Graphite Or Boron)
  • Research Work-Related Topics Using Library Resources
  • Understand, Use, And Communicate Technical Information
  • Use Algebra
  • Use Calculus
  • Use Geometry
  • Use Materials Testing Procedures
  • Use On-Line Search Techniques
  • Use Physical Science Research Techniques
  • Use Quantitative Research Methods
  • Use Trigonometry
  • Write Grant Proposals
  • Write Technical Papers From Original Research
Schools and Training Providers for Materials Scientists The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-0123
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Materials Scientists No Career Pathway links were found for this occupation.
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Materials Scientists matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Physical Scientists, All Other 56%
Chemists 55%
Physicists 49%
Astronomers 48%
Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists And Geographers 44%
Hydrologists 43%
Microbiologists 41%
Atmospheric And Space Scientists 39%
Life Scientists, All Other 38%
Biochemists And Biophysicists 38%