Materials Engineers (17-2131)

Occupation description:  Evaluate materials and develop machinery and processes to manufacture materials for use in products that must meet specialized design and performance specifications. Develop new uses for known materials. Includes those engineers working with composite materials or specializing in one type of material, such as graphite, metal and metal alloys, ceramics and glass, plastics and polymers, and naturally occurring materials. Includes metallurgists and metallurgical engineers, ceramic engineers, and welding engineers.

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 5150 -2.00 22
United States 25,30025,600 1.330 890920

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with low employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 47.4127.4434.80 45.4858.8372.05
Alaska 46.0826.9231.54 48.0258.9468.36

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
5330 56.648.4 41.9
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation10
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation10
UI claimants previously working in occupation10
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 29
Number of job position postings 2
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 14.5

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Drafting with AutoCAD