How to become a nanotechnologist
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
You'll usually need a degree or a postgraduate master's qualification in nanotechnology, or a related course which includes nanotechnology.
Relevant courses include:
- electronics engineering
- materials science
- computer science
Some employers may expect you to have, or be working towards, a PhD. This is particularly so in the field of medicine and healthcare nanotechnology. You'll usually also need experience of working in a laboratory environment.
Employers value experience. It may help to study for a degree that includes experience in the industry you want to work in. You could look for work placements with nanotechnology companies.
You'll usually need:
- 2 or 3 A levels, or equivalent, including maths and a science for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study
You may be able to move into nanotechnology if you're already working in research science or engineering, for example, as a chemist, physicist or electronics engineer.