ASM International

Career Outlook

From the bridge you crossed while driving to work or school to the different components that make up a hip replacement, everything is made from materials. Studying materials science and engineering does not mean you are only qualified for one career or job path. Various disciplines – corrosion, electrical, medical, research and development, quality assurance, and many more – use materials. View the US Bureau of Labor Statistics for job growth projections for specific professions.


Careers Represented

ASM members have various and unique professional backgrounds – from metallurgists at national laboratories to professors at world-class universities. ASM strives to be the association of choice for all careers that work with materials. Below are examples of positions where ASM members are employed:

  • Materials Engineer
  • Technical Sales Representative
  • Reliability Engineer
  • Failure Analyst
  • Laboratory Director
  • Research Officer
  • Process Engineer
  • VP of Engineering
  • Quality Director

View our member videos and career content to learn more about the types of professions where ASM members are represented.

Educational Opportunities

ASM produces cutting-edge and industry standard publications and content, helping you to increase your understanding of materials processes and behavior. ASM members enjoy access to webinars from industry experts as well as discounts on conferences and other events that gather topic experts and researchers together for information exchange.


ASM also offers a robust catalog of courses with different formats available – from the traditional on-site classroom to self-paced online interaction. For more information on the types of courses offered, visit our education webpage.

Brief Overview


ASM International is the preeminent association for engaging and connecting materials professionals and their organizations to the resources necessary to solve problems, improve outcomes, and advance society.

As the world’s largest and most established materials information society, ASM engages and connects you to a global network of peers and provides access to trusted materials information through reference content and data, education courses, international events, and research.

This helps you to:

  • Develop professionally,
  • Predict materials behavior,
  • Overcome design challenges,
  • And achieve superior product performance.

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    Typical Education

    Many paths can lead to a career in materials! From apprenticeships for heat treating blacksmiths to those who receive their PhD to go on to work at national laboratories, ASM members cover a wide range of educational backgrounds. We encourage you to view our member videos and career information to learn what may be the best path for you.



    ASM organizes several conferences and exhibitions throughout the year to help you connect with the resources necessary to advance your career and understanding of materials. Check out the ASM events page for more information. Events ASM has over 80 professional chapters and 90 Material Advantage Student Chapters located around the world. Each hosts and organizes events for their local members. Learn more about our Professional Chapters Material Advantage Chapters
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