Associate Degrees, Certificates, & Job Info


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 – which is estimated to need a worldwide workforce of 2 million by 2015 – 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.

Austin Community College, Austin, TX - AAS program

Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA

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

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania, Cheyney, PA

Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, WI

College of Lake County, Grayslake, IL - AAS program

Danville Community College, Danville, VA

Dakota County Technical College, Rosemount, MN

Delware County Community College, Upper Darby, PA - AAS program

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

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

George Mason University, Washington, DC metro area – Certificate program

Harper College, Palatine, IL - AAS program

Ivy Tech Community College, South Bend, IN

Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI - AAS program with speciality

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, PA

Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI – Certificate program

Minnesota State Community and Technical College, Moorhead, MN – AAS program

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

Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN 

North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND – AAS and Certificate programs

North Seattle Community College, Seattle, WA

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

Oakland Community College, Southfield, MI - AAS program

Oakton Community College, Skokie and Des Plaines, IL

Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, Okmulgee, OK – AAS program

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

Richland College, Dallas, TX

Schenectady County Community College, Schenectady, NY - AAA program

Texas State Technical College, Waco, TX- AAD program

Univeristy of Puerto Rico, Humacao, PR - AAS 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.

For more workforce development information, see the Regional, State, & Local Activities page for opportunities in your area.

Job Opportunities

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