Plan For a Career in Science-Now!

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Two females and three male medical professionals stand in roomCan you see yourself having a science career?  Maybe something in a medical field, a technology career, or environmental field? Did you know there are many choices with many different interests?  One might be right for you!

If you are interested in a career in science, you have to plan for that career during your high school years. Taking the required courses in high school will go a long way to prepare you for what you have to study and master in your post high school academic experience.

You may have already decided that you want to go to a vocational school to get a degree in one of the many vocational science and medical careers, a community college for a two-year degreed science program, a 4-year college or university program, or even an advanced degree program.    No matter what your interest or goals, you have to plan for those goals now.

Complete the activity below to outline a plan to have more science career options in the future. Fill in the tables to narrow your search for career interests, to find out what each career entails, and to make sure you are taking the necessary classes now to reach your goals.

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Use the Pandem Disease Center’s (PDC) Epi-Career Directory to find some healthcare careers that interest you.  A job description, required education and training, expected salaries and job outlook are provided for each career in the listing.  You could start with Spotlight on Careers (a feature on each page of the PDC) if want to skim the basic information and narrow your interests a bit. Then read the expanded versions of the careers in the Epi-Career Directory.

This is not a complete list of every career that exists in in the field of science. These are focused on healthcare careers since this is a resource site concerning medicine, disease, and epidemiology. Go to other trusted sources listed in the PDC Career Resources or to your guidance counselor for more career information to complete your career choices list if needed.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Outlook Handbook allows you to search for hundreds of careers and interests. You can also use this trusted site to investigate other options.

Your Career Choices:


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Now plan your high school course choices to prepare for future academic studies.  Science and math courses will be essential to prepare you for more advanced science learning. Even if you haven’t decided on a career path, you can make a plan to take as many science and math courses as you can so your options are open for college courses later. Complete the table with courses offered at your high school that you should take. You may need to talk to your science or math teacher or your guidance counselor to find out what your high school offers and which courses are the best choices for you.

Depending on what grade you are in now, either fill in the courses you have already taken and then the courses for your future schedule. Then, you’ll have a plan!

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