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This is the perfect career for anyone who enjoys working with models, has a penchant for puzzles, and loves the idea of inventing new things or finding new uses for old things. It requires a good handle on how larger systems depend on individual parts to produce their desired effects. This aptitude is something that cannot be taught. What can be taught are the basic underlying theories and practices that have brought nanotechnology to the point it is at today.
The first step is to acquire a bachelor's degree in nanotechnology, chemical engineering, bioengineering, materials science or another closely related field and have some hands-on working experience. Hands-on work is usually provided through classroom activities, internships or work as an undergraduate assistant. Failure to acquire hands-on experience will result in a candidate not being able to secure employement in this field.
Even with a bachelor's degree, most entry level positions involve manufacturing nanotechnological devices and materials that are already commonly produced. A master's degree or PhD is required to enter into the higher echelon of companies. These cutting-edge companies often look for candidates with a PhD in physics, chemical engineering or microprocessing and hands-on experience with nano material manipulation.
Almost all employers require their nanosystems engineers to attend continuing educational programs, seminars or educational conferences to maintain their knowledge of the newest technologies being used in the field.