Textile Sciences and Engineering
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Textile sciences and engineering is a program that prepares individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of systems to test and manufacture fibers and fiber products, both synthetic and natural; to develop new and improved fibers, textiles and their uses; and to the analysis of related engineering problems such as structural factors, molecular synthesis, chemical manufacturing, weaves, strength and stress, useful life, dyes, and applications to composite systems.
School with the highest reported median starting salary ($45K) with a Bachelor's Degree: North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Career with the highest median salary ($131K) where most workers have a Bachelor's Degree: Marketing Managers
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Careers for program graduates
Textile sciences and engineering majors work in these careers, which are sized by percentage of majors in the career (at least 1%) and colored by the predominant level of education.
Specialized EngineersSpecialized ManagersIndustrial and Health/Safety E...Mechanical EngineersPostsecondary TeachersMaterials EngineersSoftware DevelopersSpecialized Physical Scientist...Chief executives and legislato...Wholesale and Manufacturing Sa...Chemical EngineersArchitectural and Engineering ...Aerospace EngineersProject Management SpecialistsManagement AnalystsCivil EngineersIndustrial Production ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Non-...First-Line Supervisors of Prod...Computer and Information Syste...General and Operations Manager...Elementary and Middle School S...
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What level of degree do most graduates achieve, and do they match what your goals?
0100200300400Bachelor's DegreeMaster's DegreeResearch Doctorate
Completions over time
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Context: median salaries
How does the median (middle) salary for materials engineering/science majors compare to the median salaries for other college majors?
Distribution: materials engineering/science majors' salaries by education level
What is the salary distribution for graduates with a bachelor's inmaterials engineering/science by the level of their highest degree (Graduate degrees may not be in the same field as the bachelor’s)
We only include salary data when the survey error is less than 20%, so you may see only partial information for some categories.
Is a bachelor's degree all you need?
Education level of workers with a bachelor's in materials engineering/science
Is a bachelor's degree going to be sufficient to make you competative in the job market? We can look at the education level of workers with a bachelors in this degree to see if there is a likely need for a graduate degree. You'll also want to check out the careers section on this page to where they are employed.
This chart shows the level of education of workers with a bachelor's degree in materials engineering/science. The worker's graduate degree may have been completed in a different field.
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Context: Graduate degrees in any field by undergraduate ACS degree
About 49% of materials engineering/science majors chose to also earn a graduate degree (possibly of a different major). The percentage of materials engineering/science majors who also earned a graduate degree is higher than about 83% of other fields.
Context: Percentage salary boost obtained with a graduate degree
How important is a graduate degree for earning a higher salary? We can see the difference in salary of workers with a bachelors in this degree to workers with a bachelor’s AND a graduate degree.
31%44%8%0%20%40%60%80%Bachelor's to Master'sBachelor's to DoctorateBachelor's to Professional
Top careers for those with a degree in materials engineering/science
Following are the most frequent jobs held by people who earned a bachelor's degree in Materials Engineering/Science (which combines 7 programs), though may not be limited to just those with a bachelor’s.
  1. Specialized Engineers
  2. Specialized Managers
  3. Industrial and Health/Safety Engineers
  4. Mechanical Engineers
  5. Postsecondary Teachers
  6. Materials Engineers
  7. Software Developers
  8. Specialized Physical Scientists
  9. Chief executives and legislators
  10. Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
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Careers for materials engineering/science majors
Where do materials engineering/science majors work, and how well do those jobs pay? A ** in the job title indicates that the Department of Education recommends this job for this program.
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The top ten careers for workers with a bachelor's in materials engineering/science
Take a minute to interact with this sankey diagram. Follow the top ten jobs held by materials engineering/science graduates through to their most hired majors. Learn where it may easiest to find work. Expand the careers to explore other majors that might lead to the job that excites you the most. *For many majors, the top ten jobs don't even include half of graduates!*
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Specialized Engineer...Specialized ManagersIndustrial and Healt...Mechanical EngineersPostsecondary Teache...Materials EngineersSoftware DevelopersSpecialized Physical...Chief executives and...Wholesale and Manufa...All othersThis degreeTop 10 Careers
What careers hire materials engineering/science majors as one of their top 10?
To the left of this diagram, see all careers that hire materials engineering/science majors as one of their top 10 majors, and on the right, see what proportion of openings for the jobs on the left are filled by materials engineering/science majors.
Materials Engineering/Sci...All other degreesMaterials EngineersChemical EngineersAll other careersDegreeDegree in top 10 employed
Where can I complete this degree
Explore schools that offer textile sciences and engineering degrees and certificates
You can use this table to find schools that offer this program based on location and program level offered. Each entry goes to a school page similar to this one with all our information about that school.
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  • Student-Faculty Ratio: A small number of students per full-time instructor suggests individual attention for each student and an up-to-date curriculum.

  • Satisfaction Rate: A high percentage of returning first-year students should correlate with satisfaction (schools call this their retention rate).

  • Repayment Rate: A high repayment rate means most alumni earn enough to make progress repaying loans within 7 years of leaving.

We also show the total enrollment for the school as measured by full-time-equivalent (FTE) students enrolled annually.

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Top 10 similar programs
Following are related programs, ordered by those with the highest number of completions. You can explore a full list by pressing the more details button.
  1. Mechanical Engineering
  2. Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  3. Civil Engineering
  4. Chemical Engineering
  5. Computer Engineering
  6. Biomedical Engineering
  7. Engineering
  8. Industrial Engineering
  9. Aerospace and Astronautical/Space Engineering
  10. Materials Engineering
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Careers for materials engineering/science majors
materials engineering/science is part of a larger collection of programs: Engineering. Is there a different program that's close to materials engineering/science that might be a better match for your interests? You can use this table to see a little about the programs that fall under this umbrella. If you click on any of the table headers, that will sort the table by that column, or click on a row and see Ididio's profile for that program.
Gender of recent graduates
Of all people with any degree in textile sciences and engineering earned in the last academic year, 72% were women.
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Have completions by gender changed over time, or at specific levels of education?
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Context: Gender representation
How does the gender distribution in this major compare to all other majors?
Context: Percentage women
This major has a higher percentage of women than 73% other programs.
Distribution: salaries by gender
Does gender greatly influence your salary with this degree? The closer the bar are, the less discrepancy there is.
Context: Salary inequity
For materials engineering/science graduates, men have a 23% higher median salary than women, This is high: 66% of programs have graduates with lower salary inequities.
Race/Origin of recent graduates
Here is an overview of race/origin for all textile sciences and engineering graduates from this last academic year. We found a higher percentage of international graduates in this program than in 85% of other programs.
Pacific Islander
American Indian
Not Reported
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Context: Percentage of Minority Graduates
Minority students comprise a lower percentage of graduates than in 58% of other programs.