Volume 88 Issue 29 | pp. 10-16
Issue Date: July 19, 2010

Cover Story

Filling Nanotech Jobs

Initiatives to educate and employ workers try to find a footing as nanotechnology evolves
Department: Business, Science & Technology, Career & Employment
News Channels: Nano SCENE
Keywords: nanotechnology, education, employment

A decade ago, nanoscience shifted into overdrive. Government funding levels were beginning to rise, and the U.S. was setting up its National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). Nanomaterials were gaining ground, and venture capitalists were backing dozens of start-up manufacturing companies.

The National Science Foundation predicted then that sales of nanotech-related products would reach $1 trillion by 2015 and calculated that it would take 2 million workers—at least 800,000 in the U.S. alone—to . . .

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