How many times have you said or hear your child say, When am I ever going to need this. Many students face this same question day in and day out. For those students who are not interested in science, providing them with some real life examples of industries that use science skills may be helpful. Students always benefit from making connections to their personal lives, interests, goals, and experiences.
So what kinds of careers require science knowledge, which students many not think of?
Several career fields use scientific information. Among these may be a few that students do not think about or that they only know some aspect of. Examples include zoologist, nutritionist, environmental scientist, physical therapist, pharmacist, and marine biologist.
Zoologists and marine biologists study different types of animals and require extensive knowledge about biology. Nutritionist help patients develop nutritional diet plans and have to have extensive knowledge about human biology as well as chemistry to help determine what types of foods a person can eat and how foods interact with each.
Environmental scientists are another set professionals that have to know about several fields of science. These scientists have to have knowledge about biology, chemistry, and botany to understand how different factors impact the environment.
Finally two other options include physical therapists and pharmacists. Physical therapists require knowledge in anatomy to understand body parts as well as physiology to understand body movements. These sciences help the physical therapist determine the best treatment options for patients who are injured.
Pharmacists have to have knowledge of chemistry and anatomy to understand dosage requirements for patient prescriptions as well as possible side effects or medication interactions.
A variety of fields and jobs require some basic knowledge or use of science concepts. Helping students make these connections can improve their interest or participation in the classroom.