National Nanotechnology Initiative: The Initiative and its Implementation Plan, NSTC/NSET Report, July 2000

Subject Area:
NNI Budget
NNI Strategic Documents
Author: National Science and Technology Council Committee on Technology; Subcommittee on Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology
Publication Date: Jul. 11 2000

Description:

The NSET Subcommittee succeeded the Interagency Working Group on Nanoscience, Engineering, and Technology (IWGN) as the primary interagency coordination mechanism on nanotechnology. The NNI Implementation Plan looks at ways nanotechnology thrives from modern advances in chemistry, physics, biology, engineering, medical, and materials research and how it would contribute to cross-disciplinary training of the 21st century science and technology workforce. Reflects the FY 2001 budget for relevant programs which then was being increased to $495 million.


Nanotechnology Fact

Nanotechnology has the potential to create many new jobs across a variety of sectors. While some jobs, will require an advanced degree, a 2014 study funded by the National Science Foundation points out that 2-yr and 4-yr training with access to continuing and technical education will be sufficient for many of the future positions in nanotechnology, nanomanufacturing, and beyond.                                                                                                             

Previous estimates stated that 6 million nanotechnology jobs will be needed by 2020, with 2 million of those jobs in the United States (Roco, Mirkin, and Hersam 2010). According to the U.S. News/Raytheon analysis, the number of STEM jobs increased 20 percent between 2000 and 2014. Looking ahead, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that between 2012 and 2022, employment in occupations that NSF classifies as science and engineering (S&E) will increase 15 percent. To find out about nanotechnology programs at college and graduate levels, see College and Graduate Programs. If you are interested in 2-year degrees or training programs, see Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Job Info.

 

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