Materials engineers solve manufacturing challenges by evaluating materials and developing machinery and processes to create materials for use in products. They also test materials and develop new uses for known materials likes metals, graphic, ceramics, glass, plastics, polymers, and other naturally occurring materials. While their jobs requires them to use math and chemistry, there is also an element of creativity as they persistently try to solve problems.
To become a materials engineer requires at least a bachelor's degree. Materials engineers earn approximately $44.42 per hour, and the need for them grows at an average of 2% to 4% per year.