To start thinking big about your career… you need to start thinking very small.
So, what is nanoscience? Because the field of nanoscience is a relatively new area of study, there is still a lot to learn about nanoscience. But what we do know is that it is an interdisciplinary field, using physical science, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental sciences, and engineering. The career opportunities are equally as diverse. When you are working on the small scale of nano, you could develop new materials and devices (by manipulating individual atoms and molecules). And because of the new properties in these materials, they have powerful applications in many areas (for example: nanosteel is more corrosion resistant than regular steel). Therefore, you could be working in any of the following areas:
- Food and Beverage
- Computing and Telecommunications
- Space Research
- Forensic Science
- Environment industry
- Health industry (including medicine, pharmaceuticals, and research)
What else is great about nano? With nanoscience being so new, you have the potential to have a global impact. Nanoscience is positioned well to respond to some of today’s most pressing global issues, like: changing unsafe water into clean, drinking water through inexpensive water filtration, detecting cancer and Alzheimer’s diseases, and building faster and better computers. You can just imagine the impact of these developments!
For a career in nanoscience, you need to complete your grade 12 diploma, with a concentration on math and science. Then you’ll need to complete 4 year Bachelor of Science degree – and some universities are beginning to offer Nano degrees. To further specialize in an area of study, you can continue your schooling with a Masters or PhD in the area that interests you.
Before you prepare for a career in the field of nanoscience, or change your career direction, make sure there is a good fit with who you are and what you want. Check out this website to read about 500+ occupations. Plus get information on everything from job duties, working conditions, salaries and advancement opportunities to personal characteristics and educational qualifications.