Materials Science

Qualifications profile and typical fields of activity

The job prospects for graduates of Materials Science are exceptionally good. Whether at home or abroad, the demand for materials science engineers exceeds the actual supply. A materials engineer has to supply society and industry with the materials they require. Fields of employment for materials scientists are therefore immensely varied and widespread.

Besides basic research, materials scientists are concerned with the development of materials and material combinations with enhanced qualities as well as with the testing of materials. Moreover, materials scientists are essential in the fields of applied technology and materials consultation, and they are also involved with materials failure analysis.

Consequently, the entire range of industries that manufacture, process and use materials are open to materials scientists, e.g. the steel and light metal industry, the automotive industry, the aerospace and aviation sector, semiconductors and microelectronics, communications technology, environmental protection, medical technology and nanotechnologies.