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How to Plan for a Career in the Field of Science

written by: dwilliamson•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 11/9/2010

This article gives lots of helpful hints in preparing for a career in the science field. You will learn which courses you should take and what activities and experience will pay off when preparing to enter this exciting and varied field.

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    How to Prepare: Put Yourself Above the Competition.

    Are you interested in how to plan for a career in the science field? The opportunities in this field are varied and can range from medicine to research, meteorology to zoology, and forensics to biotechnology. One such career is that of a pharmacist. A pharmacist sxc.hu 1081070 pestle and mortar Blary54  is a licensed health professional who dispenses prescription drugs to patients, hospitals, and doctors. He must be very knowledgeable of side effects, interactions, and proper dosages. A person practicing pharmacology must have a strong background in the sciences, especially biology and chemistry.

    Another exciting science career to consider is a researcher. Scientists are needed to research a number of issues in areas such as biology and technology. These analytical thinkers investigate and discover new drugs and technologies that can change the lives of many people.The key to tapping into any of these exciting science career opportunities is the right preparation.

    If you are interested in how to plan for a career in the science field, the best time to start is at the beginning of your high school career. Take as many courses as you can in science and math. Science courses that are very important include biology, chemistry, and physical science. Math courses such as algebra and calculus are also essential. There are also many science-related electives that you can take which will help you to learn all you can about the field. These courses can include geography, computer technology, and nutrition. Prepare projects for as many science fairs as you can. This will improve your research and critical thinking skills in the sciences. You can also join clubs and organizations such as the 4-H club, which, among other interests, has a focus on the sciences. In addition, volunteer opportunities or summer jobs at health care organizations, laboratories, zoos, or other places that deal with the sciences will help you to gain valuable experience in the field.

    In college there are many majors that will help you to prepare for a science career. These majors include natural science, biology, biochemistry, chemistry and pre-medicine. The major you choose depends on the field of science that you are most interested in pursuing as a career. You will take many science courses in college. As a science major you will also participate in many lab and research activities. Courses such as technical writing and research will prepare you for the research reports often involved in a science career. Volunteer opportunities, summer employment, internships, and job shadowing will continue to be valuable sources of experience and exposure for a science career. Working as a lab assistant or science professor’s assistant will also provide valuable experience in the field. There are often many clubs and organization that you can join at the college level to help develop your skills and also to network with others interested in the sciences.

    The right preparation will pay off as it will make you more competitive when it comes time to search for a job in your chosen career. The more knowledgeable you become, the more valuable you will be to an employer. Starting this preparation as early as possible and exposing yourself to science in as many ways as possible will give you the advantage that you need to have a successful science career.