Career Outlook

Leaders in the Material Processing Industry

WPI’s MS degree program in Materials Processing Engineering (MPE) provides engineers, scientists, and managers the knowledge, skills, and experience to become entrepreneurs and executives in the material processing industry of the 21st century.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (U.S. BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, materials engineers will be needed to design uses for new materials both in traditional industries, such as aerospace manufacturing, and in industries focused on new medical or scientific products. These engineers are in demand in growing fields such as nanotechnology and biomedical engineering. In finding new uses for these technologies, materials engineers help address problems with consumer products, industrial processes, and medical needs.

The U.S. BLS reports the median wages for a materials engineer in 2010 at $83,120 annually, with an expected growth rate of 9 percent by 2020. This is somewhat slower than the average of 14 percent forecasted over all occupations in this time period. However, in its Job Outlook for materials engineers, the U.S. BLS says: “Because the work of the materials engineer is closely tied to organizations’ research and development, firms will likely seek to draw upon the skills of materials engineers to stay at the forefront of their respective industries.”