How Do I Pursue a Science Career?

Dan Cavallari

The first steps to pursuing a science career will start early in life, usually in high school. Studying various sciences in high school will allow you to narrow down your focus to the studies in which you are most interested. Try to earn good grades in your science courses, and be sure to earn your high school diploma. Once you have graduated, you will need to choose a science program at a college or university that will help you earn the credentials necessary to pursue a science career. In most cases, a bachelor's degree will be necessary, if not a higher degree such as a master's or PhD.

Choose a college program with a primary focus on the type of science you want to derive a career from.
Choose a college program with a primary focus on the type of science you want to derive a career from.

Applying for a good science program at a college or university will be important if you want to pursue a science career. Choose a program that will focus primarily on the type of science you want to make a career from; some programs, for example, will focus on marine biology, while others may focus on the broader topic of physics. Once you have chosen your program, try to take advantage of all knowledge and skill building opportunities made available to you. If the school has career placement services, be sure to visit with such advisors as you get closer to graduation.

You will be much more likely to be successful in your pursuit of a science career if you take part in an internship while you are still in school. The science department at your school may be able to give you information on who to contact for such internships; in most cases, several internship positions will be available with various companies or establishments, and you will need to take a look at the application requirements to ensure you are qualified for such positions. If your school does not have information on such positions, do a search on the Internet to find positions with various companies. Try to choose a company you would consider working for after you graduate, as this will be a great opportunity to develop contacts that may help you build your science career.

After graduation, you will need to apply for a job that pertains to your education. Again, your science department at school should be able to help point you in the right direction, but if no services are available, choose several jobs that would interest you and research the application requirements. Do not be afraid to start at the bottom and work your way up; hard work generally pays off after some time.

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