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Nano Technology: a rapidly growing field that needs LOTS of people...

Updated on June 2, 2010

If you or someone you know is looking for an exciting career field that's growing so rapidly that it will need 100 times the number of people who are currently working in the field, you might want to take a close look at the field of NanoTechnology.

Space may have been the "final frontier", but NanoTechnology is definitely the "next frontier"



So what is NanoTechnology?

The word "Nano" stands for "billion". The technology works with small (REALLY small) things. Everyone knows that a "meter" is a measure of length (39.30700787 inches) so imagine the earth hanging in space and for the moment, lets say the earth is one meter in diameter.

Now imagine a marble floating right next to the earth. That marble would be the equivilent of 1 nanometer in diameter...

An average adult is about 2 billion nanometers tall.
An apple is about 80 million nanometers in diameter.
An ant is about 5 million nanometers long.
A human hair is about 75,000 nanometers in diameter.

The smallest object that can be seen with the necked eye is about 10,000 nanometers in diameter.

Depending on what kind they are, atoms are anywhere from "one tenth" to "one half" a nanometer in diameter...

NanoTechnology involves a variety of fields that can include (but are not limited to) medicine, electronics, defense systems, energy, fabrics, drugs, ceramics, biotechnology, security, cosmetics, optical engineering, pharmaceuticals, chemistry and minerals. These are the fields that are being researched and worked the heaviest for now, with medicine and electronics being the frontrunners.

Radiation and chemotherapy are the primary means of combating cancer, but the effectiveness isn't as good as it could be because it's difficult to work on a cellular level and has some really nasty side effects, but with the research that's being done in nanotechnology, chemotherapy may end up becoming become a thing of the past.

Chemotherapy Side Effects
Chemotherapy Side Effects

New drugs are being developed that can be delivered precisely when and where they're needed and there are already 130 new "nano tech" drugs available, with more on the way.


The next goal is to build "nano-bots" that can be injected directly into the bloodstream that will automatically seekout and destroy problems before they can do damage to your body.

The field of electronics is another area where nanotechnology is being researched. Smaller more efficient circuits that will cost far less than they do today will bring a new era of computers that we can't even begin to imagine.

Even the construction industry will see vast improvements when we can produce materials with nanotechnology. Carbon nanotubes offer materials that are far stronger than anything we currently have and there are all kinds of things we haven't had the time to begin exploring.

The field is wide open with unlimited potential for anyone willing to do a little research and get their foot in the door.


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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      Scary stuff. There are already health concerns. I think we need strong controls here and lots of safety research.