Idealistic science students often plan on pursuing specific areas of research after the graduate. Recent research into science careers, however, shows that professionals might need to stay flexible and consider different approaches to get the most out of their careers.
Staying Flexible in Your Career
Whether you have a PhD, bachelors, or masters degree, you have been trained to understand a wide variety of skills and processes. While you might have a certain path in mind, it makes sense to keep your mind open to new possibilities. There are several reasons for this. After graduation, you could find that
- The job market has more positions for certain types of scientists than others
- The job you wanted doesn’t make enough money for your lifestyle or to repay your school loans
- Pursuing your career of interest means relocating to another city or country
These unexpected factors can cause you to reconsider your career goals.
Look for New Opportunities in Science
The good news is that companies need experienced scientists now more than ever. That means that there are plenty of opportunities for graduates to consider. If you are interested in chemistry, then you might find a job making prescription drugs or researching pesticides. If you are interested in physics, then you might work for an automobile manufacturer. Sure, you originally wanted to work for NASA, but new opportunities in commercial research and manufacturing can mean stable jobs with higher salaries.
What types of careers in science have you considered as an alternative to your dream job?