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Hot Jobs and New Niches in Science

The following are current job markets that are showing growth. Discussions and Day-In-The-Life looks at many of these markets are available on Science Magazine's Next Wave site.


Career Location Description Degree Skills
Science Teaching Middle School,
High School,
Community College
Science teachers will be in great demand in the next five years, especially in chemistry and physics. B.S. Enjoy working with children or young adults.
Enjoy education.
Sales & Marketing Industry Sales of pharmaceuticals, DNA probes and polymerases, as well as, equipment. This is a fast growing area for people with a science background. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.
Like working with people.
Like sciences.
Interest in business.
Technical Services Industry Help customers to use your products. The variety is endless, some technicians recommend experiments as well as the biomolecules required. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.
People person.
Good science background.
Enjoy variety.
Business
(Management)
Industry Work as a research and development manager or with strategic planning. This could include budgeting, negotiations and presentations about research. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Interest in science and engineering.
Problem solving skills.
Work in a team.

 

BioProcess Engineering Industry Produce materials, drugs or enzymes, in commercial quantities. Requires training in filtration systems, transgenic animal use, or cost assessment. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Interest in science and engineering.
Problem-solving skills.
Work in a team.

 

Biomedical Engineering Academia,
Industry,
Government

 

Can primarily do research. Or, in industry, develop medical instruments and supplies. Tissue engineering. Medical robotics. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Extensive science background.
Extensive math and engineering background.

 

Forensic Science Academia,
Police Forces,
Industry,
Government

 

Scientific Detectivework....Search for scientific clues to solve/explain crimes. Lab screening for drugs, fire causes, etc. Presentation of findings to courts. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Thoughtful, inquiring mind.
Good social interaction.
Substantial science background.

 

Nanotechnology Academia,
Industry

 

Scientific engineering of structures on the billionth-of-a-meter scale. Incorporates the sciences, computers and electronics to manipulate single atoms to create better products. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Ability to deal with things not possibly seen with the naked eye.
Desire to create better products of various types.

 

Manufacturing Industry Implementation of Good Manufacturing Processes. Work with food, biotech, or pharmaceutical companies. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Technical background.
Problem solving.
Work in a team.

 

Quality Control or Assurance Industry,
Government
Performs environmental, raw materials, and final product testing. Develop tests for compliance with FDA and GMP regulations. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Detail oriented.
Scientific background.
Like routine.

 

Journalism or Technical Writing Newspapers,
Journals,
Magazines,
Organizations

 

Writing science articles for public health information, book reviews, or technical papers. Also science writing for companies and organizations. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Like the sciences.
Like writing.
Enjoy new topics.

 

Policy Makers Government
(Congress or FDA)

 

Work with government and organizations to develop good policies and budgets. Determine funding policies for agencies. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Analytical thinking.
Work well under pressure.
Like the sciences.

 

Regulatory Affairs Organizations,
Government

 

Advise on the development of regulatory requirements. Write clinical investigator brochures or assess clinical trials for compliance. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Self-confident.
Good communication skills.

 

Patent Law Government,
Industry,
Law Firms

 

Review worth of patents and compare to other patents. Work with clients to support any patent challenges and counsel on patent issues. J.D.

 

Enjoy science and law.
Logic oriented.

 

Bioinformatics Industry,
Academia,
Organizations

 

Analyze DNA strands for useful gene sequences. Use algorithms to solve sequences. Cross species genetic analysis. Database development for foundations. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Enjoy the sciences. Good with computers.
Problem solving skills.

 

Computer Modeling Industry,
Academia,
Organizations

 

Computer modeling of biomolecules for structure based drug design. Database development. M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Enjoy the sciences. Good with computers.
Problem-solving skills.

 

Management Consulting Industry,
Consulting Firms

 

Restructuring for companies or processes. Develop strategic plans or marketing plans. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Enjoy business and science.
Like to travel.

 

Environmental Science Government,
Industry,
Academia

 

Oceanography, geologists, population biologists, government environmental officers. Study the effects of people on the environment and intervention. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Interest in science.
Concerned for the environment.

 

Research Industry,
Academia

 

Investigate new research topics. Usually hands on research or leading a team of students or technicians. Current topics include breast cancer and superconductors. B.S.
M.S.
Ph.D.

 

Sense of wonder.
Ambition.
Scientific background.

 

Health Sciences Hospitals,
Clinics,
Private Practice

 

Health Sciences have become very broad. They now include doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dietitians, veterinarians, physician assistants, and many others. B.S.
M.S.
M.D.

 

Interest in helping people.
Enjoy education.