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Materials scientists

OaSIS code 21109.02

Materials scientists conduct theoretical and applied research into the properties, composition and production of materials.

Overview

Also known as

  • Ballistics examiner
  • Materials scientist

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct research into the properties, composition and production of materials such as ceramics and composite materials.

Additional information

  • Mobility between specializations in this group may be possible with experience.
  • Mobility is possible with experience, to other fields of physical science or to management or regulatory program management.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Architecture and science managers (20011)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

2 – Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

21 – Professional occupations in natural and applied sciences

Sub-major group

211 – Professional occupations in natural sciences

Minor group

2110 – Physical science professionals

Unit group

21109 – Other professional occupations in physical sciences

Occupational profile

21109.02 – Materials scientists

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Analyzing Data or Information
5 - Highest Level
Applying New Knowledge
5 - Highest Level
Clerical Activities
5 - Highest Level
Developing Objectives and Strategies
5 - Highest Level
Developing Technical Instructions
5 - Highest Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
4 - High amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
3 - Somewhat close (e.g. share office)

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Standing
Duration
2 - Less than half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day
Duration
3 - About half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
3 - Important
Frequency
3 - Once a week or more but not every day

Workplaces/employers

  • Education institutions
  • Governments
  • Industrial establishments

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Categorization Flexibility
5 - Highest Level
Deductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Inductive Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Mathematical Reasoning
5 - Highest Level
Numerical Ability
5 - Highest Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Numeracy
5 - Highest Level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Problem Solving
5 - Highest Level
Quality Control Testing
5 - Highest Level
Reading Comprehension
5 - Highest Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Analytical Thinking
5 - Extremely important
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Adaptability
4 - Highly important
Collaboration
4 - Highly important