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Nanotechnicians employed by government agencies may be members of the American Federation of Government Employees and other unions. In 2014, approximately 36 percent of government employees were members of unions, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, much higher than union membership (6.6 percent) in the private sector. Member organizations for nanotechnicians include the American Institute of Physics, IEEE, Materials Research Society, American Chemical Society, and ASME International. Many professional associations have nanotechnology subgroups and councils. For example, The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society has a Nanomaterials Committee, which offers an online member forum and educational offerings at the society’s annual conference. In addition, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has established a Nanotechnology Council. Other noteworthy organizations include the International Association of Nanotechnology, Nano Science and Technology Institute, Nanotechnology Industries Association, National Nanotechnology Initiative, and the National Nanofabrication Infrastructure Network.

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