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Nanotechnology deals with the study of things that are smaller than 100 nanometres. Professionals working in this field modify the properties of materials at the most minute subatomic and atomic level to make them useful for a variety of different applications. This type of work requires expert cross-disciplinary knowledge in biology, chemistry, physics and to some extent engineering.

Nanotechnologists work in fields such as electronics, textiles, energy, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and aerospace. Though nanotechnology is a growing industry employment opportunities are limited and competitive, specialists in the field may make practical use of their skills in employment in research and development or in associated areas.