Nanotechnologists typically work in laboratories that are clean, well-lighted, and outfitted with the latest technology. Others work in cleanrooms in which they must wear protective suits. In academic and government research laboratories, nanotechnologists work a standard 40-hour week, Monday through Friday. In private industry, they may be required to work occasional nights and weekends to meet project deadlines.
They sometimes work in industrial settings, such as aerospace, defense, electronics and pharmaceutical companies, depending on their education and skill level. They may also work in independent laboratories or universities, either as a researcher or educator.