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Chemical vs. Materials Engineering

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Mar28-12, 06:02 PM
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I've been doing some research on majors and have narrowed my interests down to something involving a mixture of chemistry and math, possibly physics as well. From what I have found Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering seem to be closest to my ideal mix, though the descriptions of applications to the job market have been rather vague, and Chemical Engineering seems a bit too industrial for my tastes. Can anyone give me an accurate impression of what I could do with different degrees in these fields? Also, are there any other areas that are similar?
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Mar29-12, 02:58 PM
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I'm finishing my degree in Materials Science and have just been accepted into a doctoral scheme, so I've spent the last 6 months working out my options.

I applied/got offers for:
* Jag Land Rover - making hybrid engines and developing aluminium alloys for chassis
* Composite helicoper blades
* Nuclear power plant maintenance
* Steel forgings for oil platforms

I opted for a corrosion PhD because I hate money and love long hours and the pain of constant self-doubt.

A big theme in Materials research is energy, renewable and otherwise. If this is a field that interests you, materials science might suit you.

Also, every single person in my class already has a job/study lined up for when they graduate. There is a big shortage of metallurgists/materials scientists (in the UK at least).
Mar29-12, 06:03 PM
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Thank you, that's very helpful.

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