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Nanotechnology Major

129 yearly degrees
#336 in popularity
$99,000 median salary

Nanotechnology is a major that typically falls into the Engineering Technologies category.

There are 13 programs available throughout the country that offer an associate’s degree in nanotech, 4 that offer a bachelor’s degree, and 8 that offer a master’s degree. There are also at least 3 schools in the nation where you can get your doctorate degree in the field.

Who Is Getting a Nanotech Degree?

Nanotechnology is one of the least chosen majors in the country, ranked #316 in popularity. About 0 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in the field in 2017. This major attracts more men than women. About 61.9% of the graduates in this field are male.

Racial Distribution

At the countrywide level, the racial distribution of nanotech majors is as follows:

  • Asian: 28.6%
  • Black or African American: 4.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 4.8%
  • White: 38.1%
  • Non-Resident Alien: 14.3%
  • Other Races: 9.5%
Nanotechnology Majors Ethnic Diversity Statistics

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in nanotech. About 14.3% of those graduating in 2017 were international students. The most popular countries sending nanotech majors to the U.S. are China, India and Bangladesh.

What Will You Learn as a Nanotechnology Major?

An O*NET survey asked people with careers related to nanotech to rate how important certain subject areas were to their job. The following are some of the results of that survey. Importance was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Nanotech Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

Important Knowledge Areas for Nanotechnology Majors

Skills for Nanotech Majors

When studying nanotech, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

Important Skills for Nanotechnology Majors

Abilities for Nanotech Majors

Nanotech majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

Important Abilities for nanotech Majors

What Can You Do With a Nanotech Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with nanotech:

Careers Related to Nanotechnology
Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary

Microsystems Engineers



Nanosystems Engineers



Nanotechnology Major Salary

Average salaries range from $99,000 to $99,000 for careers related to nanotech. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, the typical high school graduate makes between $29,000 and $57,000 a year. The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $44,000 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,000 and $120,000.

Average Salary for a Nanotech Major  ( 99000 to 99000 )
Average Salary for High School Graduate  ( 29000 to 57000 )
Average Salary with Bachelor's Degree  ( 44000 to 99000 )
Average Salary with Advanced Degree  ( 55000 to 120000 )

The area of the country you choose to work in will also affect your career and salary prospects. Getting a graduate degree may open up more options with higher salary potential.

Amount of Education Required for Nanotechnology Major Jobs

Some careers associated with nanotech may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for nanotech careers below.

Education Levels for Careers Associated With Nanotechnology
Level of Education Percentage of Workers

Less Than a High School Diploma


High School Diploma or Equivalent


Post-Secondary Certificate


Some College Courses


Associate's Degree or Equivalent


Bachelor's Degree


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Master's Degree


Post-Master's Certificate


First Professional Degree


Doctoral Degree


Post-Doctoral Training


Online Nanotechnology Programs

There are 4 colleges that offer a bachelor’s degree in nanotechnology, with 1 of them offering at least some courses online.

Online learners must listen or watch video lectures, participate in group chats or forums, submit papers and assignments electronically, take tests, and meet deadlines.

Online learners benefit from being able to watch lectures remotely and complete coursework on their schedule, but they also take longer to graduate than average and are more likely to dropout.

Is a Nanotechnology Major Worth It?

The median salary for a nanotech grad is $99,000 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 156% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,210,200 after 20 years!

nanotechnology salary compared to typical high school and college graduates over a 20 year period


Bureau of Labor Statistics
National Center for Education Statistics
O*NET Online
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