Hi everyone,I recently asked few senior material engineers about their opinion on future of metallurgy and material science engineers. The response was pretty similiar....
- Metallurgy is not a financially rewarding or secure career path anymore. Material science with particular emphasis on semiconductor applications is the only promising (or secure) long term avenue. Aerospace is saturated, 3D printing and nanotechnology are hyped and may be in infancy for indefinite period. Personally, I am optimistic about medical device and renewables industry growth and corresponding demand of materials and metals (if not ferrous metallurgy, which might not have much change).However, in order to get a larger sample of perspectives.....I want to ask the same to ASM community of experts. a) What does future look like for aspiring material specialists...Do we know of any industry reports on this.b) What particular skills are most important to acquire/hone in order to stay relevant over next 40 years....Looking forward to hearing from you all.....
Carlos A. Vergara B.
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Here's the thing. We are going to have all of these wonderful new things such as quantum computers and fusion reactors and wind turbines. Presumably they are going to need buildings to shield them and to have some physical infrastructure around them. Also we are somehow going to have to transport components across terrain too get them where they need to be and even shielding for the fibre optics leave alone cables for power transmission. I guess metal have a long way to go yet. Just like we tend to forget that we need creative people to design stuff, we tend to forget how mech of our world is made of metallics. Where there are metals there will need to be metallurgists. The dinosaurs aren't quite extinct yet.
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