Prospects

   The world today is in the midst of a materials revolution, the outcome of which will affect the economic well-being of all nations and all industries. For example, smaller and faster devices in the electronics industry are almost entirely the result of materials improvements. The graduates are in demand by industry and government for jobs in research, development, production, and management. The high-tech industries, for examples, are microelectronics and packaging, telecommunications, opto- electronics, and micro-machining, The materials industries include ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy and their processing, electronic materials, electrical materials, powder metallurgy, ceramics, glass, cement, etc.. The manufacturing industries range from energy, automobile, aircraft, shipbuilding, machinery, to national defense and environmental protection. Many Materials Science and Engineering graduates also go on to graduate school and more intensive study in materials, though the job market is also strong for Bachelor's degree graduates. In the foreseeable future, the role of the materials scientists and engineers will only become more and more important.