WHAT CAN I DO WITH A MAJOR IN SCIENCE? Trends in the Labor Market The market has taken a hit, yet stays resilient. 10% of respondents will not hire this year. Bachelor’s grads can expect the labor market to remain unchanged from last year. Hope is that hiring will pick up Trends . . . Continued Computer scientists will see opportunities shrink around 6% while business will increase 5% and liberal arts 16% Ethics and Integrity are the critical skills/competencies being catered to this year So . . . . . What does this mean to ME????? Work Towards becoming the “TOTAL PACKAGE” Communication Skills – verbal, written and listening skills Computer/Technical Aptitudes – a given core skill Leadership – take charge or be a follower Teamwork – working cooperatively & collaboratively with different people “Total Package” Continued Interpersonal Abilities – How do you relate to others? Inspire others to participate? Mitigate conflict between co-workers? TOP PERSONAL QUALITIES Communication Strong Work Ethic Skills Analytical Skills Honesty/Integrity Flexibility/Adaptabi Teamwork lity Interpersonal Computer Skills Motivation/Initiativ Customer Service e Leadership Plan/Organize The Glue That Holds it ALL Together . . . Critical Thinking/Problem Solving – identify problems and their solutions Intelligence and Common Sense Willingness to learn quickly and continuously Work Related Experiences How Do I Gain These Skills? INTERNSHIPS An internship experience provides students the opportunity to apply classroom instruction to work settings. The student intern receives academic credit and in some cases is also paid. Can be from 1 semester to more than one. A student can have more than one internship experience. Benefits of an Internship Opportunity to apply classroom learning to actual work experience. Opportunity for new “learning” from the work experience. Develop Self-Confidence and Professional Skills. Begin “Networking” Process ELIGIBILITY PROCESS Available at Fill out internship sophomore level application, return Meet minimum to Career Services credit Meet with Marcia requirements Foss Required GPA 2.5 Begin work on Approval by appropriate resume academic division Find a placement PREVIOUS INTERNSHIP SITES Dakota Heartland Hospital, Fargo Microsoft Great Plains, Fargo Youth Correctional Center, Bismarck Open Door Center, Valley City Melroe, Gwinner Nash Finch, Edward Jones, Security State Bank, Nodak Mutual Ins., Walt Disney World, Sea World +++++ JOB SHADOW Coordinated through Career Services Office Job Shadow someone in a career path that you are interested in One hour to multiple hour experience Example: Ride along with Barnes County Sheriff’s Dept. Take Part in Student Campus Activities Student Government – Senate, V- Cab, Finance Comm., IR Hall Council Honor Societies & Special Interests – Viking Ambassadors, FCA, Alpha Chi, PBL Athletics & Intramurals Campus Activities . . Continued Cultural Activities – Art, Community School of Arts, Drama, Foreign Languages, International Opportunities, Medicine Wheel, Music, Planetarium Others – Special Event Committees, Yearbook, Newspaper Jobs – Lab. Assistants Career Services Activities Attend Career Fairs – UND & Tri- College in the Fall Minneapolis Field Trip On Campus Company Presentations & Recruiting Events Senior Seminar Class Career Decision Making Class SO . . . WHAT TYPES OF JOBS ARE THERE? Education – Teacher Research (Technical/Scientific) Sales FURTHER EDUCATION NEEDED: Physician Veterinarian Podiatrist Food Technologist Chiropractor Dietitian Nurse EEG Technologist Dentist EKG Technician Dental Hygienist EMT Radiological PA Technologist Pharmacist Further Education cont. Physical Therapist Exercise Science/Physiology Respiratory Therapist Occupational Therapist Mortician CONSERVATION & ENVIRONMENTAL CAREERS Environmental Engineer Environmentalist Environmental Technician Hazardous Waste Management Water Quality Air Quality Solid Waste Management NATURAL RESOURCE MGT. Land & Water Conservation Parks & Outdoor Recreation Forestry Fish & Wildlife Management ALLIED HEALTH SCIENCES Biostatistician Blood Bank Specialist Science Writer Medical Illustrator Tissue Technologist ASTRONOMY: Astronomer Biology Chemist Laboratory Technician Meteorologist Mineralogist Research Technician BOTANY CAREERS: Agronomist Naturalist Bacteriologist Nursery Manager Cytologist Park Ranger Food & Drug Plant Breeder Inspector Food Technologist Pathologist Geneticist Seed Analyst Soil Taxonomist Conservationist CHEMISTRY CAREERS: Consumer Protection Specialist Food & Drug Analyst Patent Examiner Pharmacologist/Sales Rep. BACHELOR DEGREE CAREERS SCIENCE TEACHING Science Teachers will be in great demand in the next five years – think about a Composite Science degree Enjoy working with children or young adults Enjoy education SALES & MARKETING: Sales of pharmaceuticals, DNA probes & polymerases, as well as equipment Fast growing area for people with a science background Like working with people, like sciences, interest in business TECHNICAL SERVICES: Help customers to use your products – some technicians recommend experiments as well as the biomolecules required People person Good Science background Enjoy variety MANUFACTURING Implementation of good manufacturing processes Work with food, biotech, or pharmaceutical companies Technical background Problem solving Work in a team QUALITY CONTROL or ASSURANCE: Perform environmental, raw materials & final product testing Develop tests for compliance with FDA and GMP regulations Detail oriented Scientific background Like routine JOURNALIST & TECHNICAL WRITING: Writing science articles for public health information, book reviews or technical papers Also science writing for companies & organizations Like the sciences, Like writing Enjoy new topics MANAGEMENT CONSULTING: Restructuring for companies or processes Develop strategic plans or marketing plans Enjoy business & science Like to travel ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Oceanography, geologists, population biologists, government environmental officers Study the effects of people on the environment & intervention Interest in science Concerned for the environment RESEARCH: Investigate new research topics – usually hands on research or leading a team of students or technicians Current topics include breast cancer and superconductors Sense of Wonder Ambition Scientific background WHERE ARE THESE JOBS? Schools – middle, high school, community college, universities Industry Government Newspapers, Journals, Magazines, Organizations Consulting Firms Hospitals, Clinics, Private Practice GRADUATE DEGREE CAREERS BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING: Produce materials, drugs or enzymes, in commercial quantities Requires training in filtration systems, transgenic animal use or cost assessment Interest in science & engineering; problem solving skills; work in a team MS or PhD BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING Can primarily do research, or in industry, develop medical instruments and supplies Tissue engineering; Medical robotics Extensive science background; extensive math and engineering background MS, PhD FORENSIC SCIENCE Scientific Detective Work – Search for scientific clues to solve/explain crimes Lab screening for drugs, fire causes; presentation of findings to courts Thoughtful, inquiring mind; good social interaction MS, PhD NANOTECHNOLOGY Scientific engineering of structures on the billionth-of-a-meter scale; incorporates the sciences, computers & electronics to manipulate single atoms to create better products Ability to deal with things not possibly seen with the naked eye Desire to create better products of various types MS, PhD REGULATORY AFFAIRS Advise on the development of regulatory requirements. Write clinical investigator brochures or assess clinical trials for compliance Self-confident, Good communication skills MS, PhD PATENT LAW: Review worth of patents & compare to other patents; work with clients to support any patent challenges and counsel on patent issues Enjoy science & law Logic oriented J.D. BIOINFORMATICS Analyze DNA strands for useful gene sequences; solve sequences; cross species genetic analysis; database development for foundations Enjoy the sciences; good with computers; problem solving skills MS, PhD COMPUTER MODELING Computer modeling of biomolecules for structure based drug design; database development Enjoy the sciences; good with computers, problem solving skills MS, PhD WEBSITES: earth.agu.org/careerguide/links.html recruit.sciencemag.org nap.edu/readingroom/books/careers nature.com/naturejobs/contactus/ THE INTERNET: USING ANY OF THE SEARCH ENGINES – TYPE IN SCIENCE CAREERS OR HOT CAREERS IN SCIENCE THERE’S MORE INFORMATION THAN YOU CAN PROBABLY GET THROUGH THE DECISION IS NOW UP TO YOU! Start taking the steps down your chosen Career Path Today!
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