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What is a Nanosystems Engineer?

Career Description 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.

What Do Nanosystems Engineers Do On a Daily Basis?

  • Develop green building nanocoatings, such as self-cleaning, anti-stain, depolluting, anti-fogging, anti-icing, antimicrobial, moisture-resistant, or ultraviolet protectant coatings.
  • Develop processes or identify equipment needed for pilot or commercial nanoscale scale production.
  • Identify new applications for existing nanotechnologies.
  • Develop catalysis or other green chemistry methods to synthesize nanomaterials, such as nanotubes, nanocrystals, nanorods, or nanowires.
  • Design or conduct tests of new nanotechnology products, processes, or systems.
  • Provide technical guidance or support to customers on topics such as nanosystem start-up, maintenance, or use.

Things a Nanosystems Engineer Should Know How to Do

When polled, Nanosystems Engineers say the following skills are most frequently used in their jobs:

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Other Nanosystems Engineer Job Titles

  • Nanoelectronics Engineer
  • Research Scientist
  • Technical Programs Manager
  • Scientist
  • Nanosystems Engineer

Job Opportunities for Nanosystems Engineers

There were about 132,500 jobs for Nanosystems Engineer in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 6.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 8,500 new jobs for Nanosystems Engineer by 2026. There will be an estimated 9,500 positions for Nanosystems Engineer per year.


The states with the most job growth for Nanosystems Engineer are Nevada, Utah, and North Dakota. Watch out if you plan on working in Alaska, Minnesota, or Vermont. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Average Nanosystems Engineers Salary

The average yearly salary of a Nanosystems Engineer ranges between $50,750 and $155,650.


Nanosystems Engineers who work in District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia, make the highest salaries.

How much do Nanosystems Engineers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $115,710
Alaska $114,040
Arizona $94,450
Arkansas $71,510
California $107,700
Colorado $111,610
Connecticut $100,230
District of Columbia $132,530
Florida $82,970
Georgia $93,580
Hawaii $96,940
Idaho $110,270
Illinois $87,220
Indiana $73,340
Iowa $78,230
Kansas $82,060
Kentucky $79,690
Louisiana $90,580
Maine $85,800
Maryland $118,420
Massachusetts $109,220
Michigan $90,420
Minnesota $101,620
Mississippi $79,630
Missouri $86,850
Montana $79,590
Nebraska $82,760
Nevada $94,950
New Hampshire $99,070
New Jersey $114,990
New Mexico $114,790
New York $95,270
North Carolina $83,900
North Dakota $83,270
Ohio $93,370
Oklahoma $83,080
Oregon $90,720
Pennsylvania $96,550
Rhode Island $95,790
South Carolina $100,750
South Dakota $84,320
Tennessee $82,030
Texas $113,370
Utah $89,810
Vermont $81,960
Virginia $118,390
Washington $104,890
West Virginia $91,420
Wisconsin $86,600
Wyoming $97,040

Tools & Technologies Used by Nanosystems Engineers

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Nanosystems Engineers may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • SAP
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Linux
  • Computer aided design CAD software
  • National Instruments LabVIEW
  • Dassault Systemes CATIA
  • Dassault Systemes SolidWorks
  • PTC Creo Parametric
  • Adobe Systems Adobe FreeHand
  • Simulation software
  • Data acquisition software
  • Rapid prototyping software
  • Dassasult Systemes Abaqus
  • MAYA Nastran
  • Finite difference time domain FDTD software
  • Tanner EDA L-Edit

Becoming a Nanosystems Engineer

Are there Nanosystems Engineers education requirements?


What work experience do I need to become a Nanosystems Engineer?


Where do Nanosystems Engineers Work?


Nanosystems Engineers work in the following industries:



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