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August 23rd, 2010

The Job Outlook For The Cutting Edge Field of Nanotechnology

Abstract:
Are there many career opportunities currently available for potential inductees into the nanotechnology field?

The field of nanotechnology does not exist as a specialty. And I don't think that there are many career opportunities to be found in Nanotechnology per se as it is not, itself, a self-contained field - it is not physics, not chemistry, not biology. It is more of an ideology - a tectonic shift in approaches to research and professional training, in advances of high-precision instrumentation and manufacturing techniques to allow them to work on the nano-scale.

The current trend towards nano-scale research and manufacturing can be best compared with the paradigm shift that took place in the scientific and industrial sectors of the United States in the 1970s - at that time, a shift to the micron scale overtook high-technology industries and research institutions, changing manufacturing techniques and educational practices. The result was the appearance of all-new technologies and types of products, such as electronic microchips. Today, we are faced with similar developments. As a result of this shift, a pronounced need is arising of fundamental scientists, engineers, and medical professionals who can effectively work on the nano-scale, rather than the need for an all-new "Nanotechnologist" profession.

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