Materials scientists include glass scientists, ceramic scientists, metallurgical scientists, polymer scientists, materials engineers, smelting engineers, processing engineers, energy and electronics engineers, manufacturing engineers and composite technologists.
Materials scientists study substances at the atomic and molecular levels and the ways in which substances react with each other. They use their knowledge to develop new and improved products and to test the quality of manufactured goods.
Materials scientists 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. They 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.
Materials scientists are employed by both commercial and scientific institutions to conduct research and provide advice on the properties and potential uses of manufacture and engineering materials.