Career Possibilities

The following is a list of some career possibilities that students in this major might find rewarding. Remember, that your major does not necessarily determine your career. Graduates use their academic majors in a variety of professional fields. The options below can be used as a starting point to explore potential career paths, however, you may also want to investigate more using recommended resources to gain a more comprehensive list of careers. Keep in mind that additional education, training, and experiential education beyond your major may be needed to pursue these possibilities.

ACQUIRED SKILLS

  • Observing, collecting, and analyzing data
  • Concentration and focus
  • Conducting and explaining scientific research
  • Accuracy and detail
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Determination and self-direction
  • Collaboration
  • Operation of scientific equipment
  • Knowledge of basic scientific theories and practices
  • Reading, writing, and speaking about science
  • Sophisticated technological skills

CAREER TITLES

  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Aquatic Scientist
  • Audiologist
  • Bio-Engineer 
  • Biologist
  • Botanist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Dentist 
  • Educator
  • Electron Microscopist
  • Environmental Protection Worker 
  • Food Scientist Technician
  • Genetic Counselor
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Lab Technician
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nutritionist
  • Oceanographer
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant
  • Research Technician / Research Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Technical Sales
  • Technical Writer
  • Toxicology
  • Veterinarian
  • Zoologist

TYPES OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT HIRE 

  • Research Institutions
  • Pharmaceutical Companies
  • Biotech Companies
  • Government Agencies
  • Scientific Publishers
  • Environmental Agencies
  • Universities
  • Schools
  • Museums
  • Zoos
  • Aquariums
  • Hospitals
  • Foundations
  • Legal Institutions
  • Laboratories
  • Food and Beverage Companies
  • High-Tech Industrial Companies

CAREER INFORMATION AND PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATION LINKS

www.explorehealthcareers.org - Interactive health careers site that explains the array of health professions
www.ache.org- Health Care Administration Careers
www.aaas.org - American Association for the Advancement of Science
www.ilsi.org - International Life Sciences Institute
www.nabr.org - Nat Assoc for Biomedical Research
www.bio.org - World’s largest biotechnology organization
www.biochemistry.org - The Biochemical Society
www.aibs.org/careers/index.html - The American Institute of Biological Sciences: Careers in the Biological Sciences
www.nsf.gov - National Science Foundation
www.nasonline.org - National Academy of Sciences
www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.aspx- Pathways to Science
www.aapa.org/become-a-pa - Becoming a Physician Assistant
www.nyas.org  - The New York Academy of Sciences
www.nyas.org/sciencealliance - Committed to advancing the careers of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
www.sciencecareersnow.com - Guide to science careers
www.bls.gov/ooh - Occupational Outlook Handbook Online - Job descriptions, growth forecasts & salary

JOB SEARCH LINKS

Career Development Center - Log into Purchase JobScore to access jobs posted for Purchase students and alumni
www.biologyjobs.com - For job seekers in the life sciences
www.sciencecentral.com - Science jobs and internships
www.newscientistjobs.com/jobs - Database of hundreds of science jobs
www.naturejobs.com - Life and physical science jobs
sciencecareers.sciencemag.org - Science careers from the Journal of Science
www.sciencejobs.org - Science recruitment
www.environmentalcareer.com - Environmental Career Center, LLC
www.ejobs.org - Environmental Jobs & Careers
www.miracleworkers.com - Healthcare jobs www.medzilla.com - Jobs in Biotech, Healthcare, Science, and Pharmaceuticals
www.medicalworkers.com - Jobs in the medical field
www.researchgate.net – Professional network for scientists/researchers and job search
www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu - National Science Foundation - Research Experience for Undergraduates
science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/ -  Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) with the U.S. Department of Energy
www.healthcarejobsite.com - Healthcare jobs
publichealthjobs.org - Public health care jobs

 

Additional Resources Available at the CDC