What Can I Do with a Degree in Science?

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Science majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, problem solving, & laboratory skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government, nonprofit, education, and business sectors depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

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Ideas for Careers

List of Employers who Posted Jobs in the PSU Job Database for Science Majors

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising and Career Services' jobs database where employers indicated an interest in recruiting students majoring in science. Science majors should also check the following pages: biology, chemistry, environmental studies/science, geology, math, & physics. The list below does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for science majors and does not reflect current openings. ACS provides this list as a tool for generating ideas for further exploration.

Additional Ideas Generated from Keyword Searches

The following list of employers and job titles was generated from a variety of sources (Oregon Employment Department database, Indeed, SimplyHired, Google, LinkedIn, craigslist, LinkUp). The following search term was used: science.

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Government Classification Specifications

Classification specifications can provide useful information about job responsibilities and required or preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs); classification specifications are not current job openings. ACS includes links to them so you can learn about kinds of government jobs that may be of interest to you.

City of Portland Classification Specifications

City of Hillsboro Classification Specifications

Clackamas County Classification Specifications

State of Oregon Classification Specifications

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Vocational Biographies 

 Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n.

  • Agronomist
  • Air Quality Investigator
  • Animal Program Biologist
  • Aquatic Biologist
  • Aquatic Toxicology Researcher
  • Assistant Brewmaster
  • Desert Ecologist
  • Forest Ranger
  • Park Services Specialist
  • Research Analyst
  • State Park Resource Ecologist
  • Urban Forester
  • Zoo Education Curator

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Professional Associations

Work for Water is a collaboration between the American Water Works Association, US EPA, and the Water Environment Federation to help encourage people to go into water sector careers.

American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and has this booklet available for download: Career Trends: Step by Step: Your Career from Undergrad to Postbac and a section on Career Profiles.

Council for the Advancement in Science Writing has a Guide to Careers in Science Writing; read how to get started in science writing.

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