Have you ever asked a room full of kindergartners what the wanted to be when they grew up? Chances are you would get a myriad of different answers. One may shout out “a superhero,” where another may say “a princess.”
If you ask a group of children between the ages of eight to ten, the answers may vary a little from those of their younger comrades. Jackson (8) said “I want to be a rapper or something because it just seems fun.” Whereas Ellie (10) said “A doctor because they make lots of money and I like people. I want to be a children’s doctor that doesn’t give shots because I like children.”
If you move even a mere seven or eight years into the future, the answers of teenagers start becoming a bit more grounded and realistic, however you still have a boy or two who would like to fulfill their childhood fantasy of being Spiderman. When teenagers were asked what they were planning on studying in college, many had much more serious, thought provoking careers in mind. Brandon said “I want to study business, because I can choose from a lot of different jobs.” Another young man said he wanted to be a fighter pilot in the Air Force. There was a lot of talk about becoming educators, police officers, advertising executives, and journalists. There was even a buzz or two about doctors, pharmacists and biologists.
Now there’s a field that always shows promise, despite the economy. The field of science. It’s not often that someone shouts out they want to be a physicist. There are many career opportunities within the realm of science, ranging from pharmaceutical sales to financial services firms.
Some of the areas where science graduates commonly find employment include:
Exploration: Mining companies employ Science graduates to help them plan for future operations.
Laboratory Support: Scientific researchers work in laboratories in a range of areas, including health and development, forensics, museums, and sales.
Production: Manufacturers, in all forms of production employ scientists to work on quality assurance, processing and testing.