Nanoelectronics, Nanophotonics & Nanomagnetics, Report of the National Nanotechnology Initiative Workshop

Subject Area:
NNI Workshop Reports
Author: National Nanotechnology Initiative
Publication Date: Feb. 13 2004


An NNI workshop report examining trends/opportunities in nanoscale science and engineering for electronic, photonic and magnetic technologies, held February 11-13, 2004. Report on one of a series of topical workshops convened during 2003 an 2004 by the Nanoscale Science, Engineering and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology.  All were part of the NSET Subcommittee’s long-range planning effort for the National Nanotechnology Initiative.  Experts at the event were asked to (1) develop long-term, visionary goals within topical areas and (2) identify specific barriers (or “hard problems”) inhibiting “quantum advances” toward those goals.  Workshop findings were considered by the NSET Subcommittee in preparation of the 2004 NNI Strategic Plan and for the 2007 update to that plan.

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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