Career Profile:

Material Scientist


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Most employees have:

Bachelor's Degree / Post-Graduate Degree


Professional Engineer Certificate

What you do

Materials scientists are responsible for understanding the properties and structures of materials. From creating new materials for ocean applications to determining how effective a material would be for a given application, materials scientists support engineers, shipbuilders, and many other careers across the sector. Their work ensures the marine industry is innovating, making ships more fuel efficient, sensors more resilient and life at sea safer.

A Material Scientist performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Testing and studying the properties of materials in a methodical and strategic way
  • Apply knowledge of chemistry and physics to determine the strengths and weaknesses of various materials
  • Apply knowledge and testing to understand and create new materials to solve difficult problems (from cleaner fuels to stronger construction materials to waterproof coatings)
  • Write reports and document the tests, processes and properties of the material being tested

What you need

  • A good understanding of both chemistry and physics
  • Strong analytical skills and experience working in a laboratory setting
  • Great attention to detail and research skills
  • Experience testing and reporting on material properties
  • Simulation and computer modeling skills are helpful

Who might be hiring?

Your Career Pathway

Opportunities for Hands-on Experience

Secondary School
Options and Opportunities (Science Streams)

Post-Secondary Educational Programs

Certificates, Diplomas, Community College