Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Job Opportunities

In a global economy where workers face new demands and opportunities every year, the need to acquire new skills and update existing ones is vital. Nanotechnology offers rewarding, cutting-edge employment that touches many different areas of research, technology, and manufacturing, among others.

Nanotechnology will create many jobs, at levels requiring post graduate education, four and two year college degrees, as well as skills that can be acquired through training and vocational programs. For instance, many nanotechnology companies report that they are hiring PhDs for routine characterization jobs, which could be more suitably filled by skilled technicians.

Associate Degree and Certificate Programs

This section spotlights training programs offered by various schools and workforce initiative programs across the U.S., the starting point for those looking to launch a career in nanotechnology.

Athens Technical College, Athens, GA - AAS program

Austin Community College, Austin, TX - AAS program

California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA - Certificate program

Duke University, Durham, NC - Certificate program

Foothill College, Los Altos, CA - AAS and Certificate programs

Forsyth Technical Community College, Winston-Salem, NC -AAS program

Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend, IN

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD - Certificate

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA - AAS program

Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Penn. - AAS program

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI – Certificate program

Nanotechnology Applications and Career Knowledge (NACK) Center at Penn State, State College, PA

North West Vista College, San Antonio, TX -- AAS program

Pennsylvania State University, 30 sites across PA - AAS and Certificate programs

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY - AAA program

University of Michigan, Center for Biologic Nanotechnology - Certificate program

University of Puerto Rico, Humacao, PR - AAS program

Washington State University, Nanotechnology Think Tank, Seattle, WA - Certificate program


Workforce Development

In addition to the brick-and-mortar schools offering nanotechnology courses, there are a variety of institutions and organizations that foster the growth and development of the nanotechnology workforce and education infrastructure.


Job Boards

The following sites maintain listings of current job openings in the nanotechnology field.