5 Common Career Paths In Science

5 Common Career Paths In Science

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Science rules! And that’s not just if you’re Bill Nye the Science Guy. Did you love science class as a kid? Chemistry sets, physics labs, dissecting frogs and more… If any of these were your thing, you might be destined for a career in science.

Luckily, there are many different paths you can take when it comes to scientific careers. There really is something for everyone. Wondering what career path to dive into? Here are a few scientific careers you might be interested in:

Chemist

Chemists have a range of duties, from analyzing and identifying the chemicals in your products, to researching to find other new applications for those chemicals to improve the quality of life, to creating models and testing theories. Chemists work with complex equipment which means they have to be able to troubleshoot tech issues and understand and be able to operate new technology. They are able to work in a variety of industries such as pharmaceutical, environmental, industrial and quality control, to name a few, but their constant task is to study and test compounds to learn their composition and discover their potential uses. The more chemists advance their degree, the better the job prospects will be!

Environmental Scientist

Environmental scientists use research to improve environmental issues like pollution, sustainability, resource maintenance, replenishment and more. In many environmental science careers grant writing and report-writing are necessary tasks. Many environmental scientists work with state or local governments and can work in a variety of settings such as offices, labs, and even the outdoors. You can get an entry-level job with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, biology, engineering, chemistry or physics. If you hope to keep advancing in your career, you should get a master’s degree.

Medical Scientist

Medical scientists research to find out what causes diseases and how to prevent and cure them. To get a job as a medical scientist you need a doctorate in a biological science or a medical degree (M.D.). Some duties of a medical scientist include interpreting clinical trial data, creating and implementing clinical studies, writing clinical study summaries and operating data collection systems. Medical scientists collaborate with colleagues in research, medical communications, sales, and marketing. Classes in public speaking and writing can help in this career path. Unless a medical scientist has direct contact with patients, he or she doesn’t need a license, but those who will be administering drugs or practicing medicine will need to be licensed physicians.

Forensic Scientist

Forensic scientists investigate crimes by collecting, studying and documenting physical evidence, such as blood, fingerprints, hair and more. Sometimes they are called crime scene investigators. A forensic science career requires two years of special training or an associate degree in applied science or science technology. Some forensic scientists may be asked to testify in court as an expert witness to report on lab analysis. Working as a forensic scientist sometimes requires one to work overtime and sometimes holidays as you must be on call to collect evidence at times. Physical stamina is important in this field as you will need to be able to spend many hours on your feet as you work, as well as working long hours, sometimes outside in inclement weather to collect evidence.

Biologist

Biologists study and test living organisms and can work in a variety of settings such as in a university setting, doing research or in a laboratory setting. Duties might include gathering samples from land or water, surveying, mapping land, analyzing plant and animal data and the relationships between organisms and their environment. The education required for a career in biology depends on the position and can range from a Bachelor’s degree to a Ph.D.

These are just a few of the many career paths you can take within the scientific industry. If you’re still not sure about pursuing a career in this versatile industry, check out this blog about the perks of working as a scientist.

Why You Should Choose a Scientific Career

Why You Should Choose a Scientific Career

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Working in the scientific industry can be tiring, but also rewarding! There are many areas in the scientific industry that cater to almost any passion you might have. Are you passionate about technology and electronics? Do you have an interest in plants and the environment? What about helping the sick? If you’re looking for a career where you can be at the forefront of the advancements in any of these areas, it might be time you consider a scientific career.

Here are some of the benefits of working in the scientific industry:

Flexible hours

Many scientific jobs offer flexible hours. Unlike more common desk jobs, labs are rarely run on the strict 9 to 5 model. Of course this depends on the specific job, but generally, it isn’t difficult to find a position with a little flexibility when it comes to start and end times. If you would be more productive in the lab from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., maybe that should be your schedule. Keep in mind you should always make sure your work is getting done and consult your manager to make sure they don’t mind if you flex your hours.

Variety in the day-to-day

One of the best things about working as a scientist is the opportunity to do different things every day. Running experiments, presenting research, writing papers, teaching students… these are just some of the tasks that could be a part of your workday. In many scientific professions, you are able to work with multidisciplinary teams. Working with experts in other disciplines will allow you to constantly learn new things about other fields. No one day is the same in the life of a scientific professional.

Work toward passion

Working as a scientist can be particularly satisfying when you find a career in an area you are passionate about. If you are fascinated by plants, a career in botany would be an appropriate choice. If you want to help the sick, there are many areas of science devoted to advancements in healthcare. Careers in agriculture and engineering can also help people in developing countries. If you’re curious about the building blocks of life, physics or chemistry could be your ideal field. Working toward something you’re passionate about will make your day-to-day responsibilities mean that more. Chances are you will look forward to going to work each day knowing you are working toward making a difference in an area you are passionate about.

In a scientific career, you have the intellectual freedom to think, explore and experiment to discover things. There are always important methods to follow but as a scientist, you are able to use your curiosity to drive your processes and follow your instincts. If you’re interested in a career in the scientific industry, contact us to learn more or view our open scientific jobs.

4 Ways to Find Mentorship in Life Sciences

4 Ways to Find Mentorship in Life Sciences

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As a student in the life sciences field, you’re likely working on a thesis, looking for a future company to start your career with and possibly working at a fellowship. Many schools offer mentorship as part of their life sciences program, and if they don’t – here’s what to do:

  1. Ask your professors. They have their own network of professionals in and outside of the university. From industry-specific professional groups, to old classmates and friends from across the country, they’re bound to have a connection for you.
  2. Reach out to alumni. Your instructors likely have former students making their way out in the world who would be glad to help someone in their own shoes. Ask a professor to make an introduction with an alumnus who might be able to mentor you, or see if you can find the alumni association and reach out.
  3. Research companies in your industry. Many companies are now offering incentives for having mentorship programs because they are so integral to the life science field. Study can take you so far, but hands-on work and the wisdom of a mentor is priceless. Reach out to companies in your field to see if they offer mentorship.
  4. Find professional associations. Search for networks that support professionals in your field, or even do a LinkedIn search for groups that fit your needs. It might be niche, but there’s likely a group somewhere full of members who can help you.

Mentorship has vastly picked up in the sciences, and your school most likely offers an official program to get you started. If you are a new graduate who has never had a mentorship, get in touch with one of our experts to help you with the next step in your career.

Scientific LinkedIn Tips

Scientific LinkedIn Tips

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LinkedIn is one of the most popular, and important, professional social networking sites. It’s vital to have an optimized LinkedIn profile, whether you are looking for a new job in the scientific industry or networking in your current job. Whether you are just hopping on the LinkedIn train, or it’s time to freshen up your profile, here are some LinkedIn tips so you can stand out in the crowd.

Be clear

Though those viewing your profile are most likely in tune with industry jargon, you should strive to make all descriptions as clear and concise as possible. If there are any extreme abbreviations, make sure to explain where it makes sense. One of the easiest LinkedIn tips is to be clear on your profile. Clear and concise writing can be easily achieved by editing your own work, or even asking a coworker or friend to look over your profile and offer helpful suggestions.

Think about keywords

In this digital age, keywords can be the trick to the right person finding your profile! Think about the type of people you would want to find your profile and why. What keywords would they search with? Keep that in mind when writing all the sections of your profile. Choosing meaningful, descriptive words when describing your accomplishments will help your profile show up in more searches.

LinkedIn tips

Keep your resume in mind

LinkedIn should be treated as an extension of your resume. Everything on your resume should be on your LinkedIn profile. The only common differences consist of more information on your LinkedIn due to more space. This is a chance for you to be a little more detailed about your most important jobs or achievements, and even link to published works, visuals or other portfolio pieces.

Update your profile picture

A LinkedIn profile photo is often the first impression of you from a fellow professional, hiring manager or recruiter. Make sure you are putting your friendliest face forward by choosing an appropriate, professional photo to represent yourself. The balance lists great tips for taking and choosing a profile photo that best suits you. The ideal LinkedIn picture should be a headshot of you in professional clothing. Another common mistake is using a picture from ten years ago. If you haven’t had a headshot taken for over a decade, it’s time for an updated picture!

LinkedIn tips

Enhance your endorsements

Endorsements can be an important part of your LinkedIn profile, especially if you are on the hunt for a new job. One of the most simple ways to receive endorsements on your profile is by endorsing others! If you take the time to endorse a past or present coworker, chances are they will return the favor. If you have close professional connections who know you are actively looking for new opportunities, you can also politely ask if they have any interest in endorsing you on LinkedIn. Most of the time, your professional connections will be happy to endorse you for one skill or another.

These LinkedIn tips will help take your profile to a new level. Make sure you proofread all of your newly crafted sections, and you’ll be set for anyone to view your profile!

Are you sprucing up your LinkedIn profile before you set out on a job hunt? Contact an Alliance Scientific Solutions recruiter today for expert help with new career opportunities.

A Recruiter: More Than Your Last Resort

A Recruiter: More Than Your Last Resort

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We get it. You’ve heard the rumors about staffing companies. You think a staffing company wouldn’t know your skills, qualifications, and values that you analyze during your job search. What could they possibly do that you can’t? You are a great candidate and you have a lot to offer to companies. Of course, you can find your own job.

However, even though there are more job openings now than in the last 14 years, hiring is currently at its slowest pace since 2014. While you might be a great candidate, it can still be tough to find a job. Finding a job is a whole job in itself! If you have other obligations in your life, like taking care of a family, it can be hard to find the time and resources to continue a job search. It can be exhausting and bear no results for all of your effort.

The good news is this: a staffing company is not your last resort!

Turning to a staffing company may feel like defeat – like you didn’t have it in you to do it on your own. But that’s not true. Turning to a staffing company is probably the best thing you can do for yourself if you don’t have any personal connections to a job opening. Recruiters work with companies every single day, and know where the open jobs are. They know how each of these companies work, and what you need to get the job. They can expertly manage your skills and values to align them to a job that fits.

You are not in this alone.

A recruiter will recognize that you are a great candidate, and they will fight to get you a job you deserve. In the meantime, you can take a breather from your job search and have faith that your recruiter will find something for you. It’s hard enough being out of work and trying not to revert to something below your qualifications. It’s even worse that statistics say 70-80 percent of job openings aren’t made public. These are the jobs recruiters can find and will connect you with.

You are a marketable worker.

You have the skills and drive to excel at a job, so you should be a real contestant in the running for an open position. You shouldn’t have to work day in and day out just to get rejection letters – so let a recruiter help you. They aren’t in it for the commission, and they aren’t there just to fill a space with your name. They see you as a person with real value, and can probably find a job better suited for you than you could have found on your own.

Realize that maybe, just maybe, a recruiter should be your first resort, and definitely not your last.

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An Open Letter From A Scientific Recruiter

An Open Letter From A Scientific Recruiter

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You are passionate about science and technology and so are we! But we need your help. Many workers eligible for science and technology jobs don’t use the terminology or detail needed in a resume for us to find them. Let me explain why we can’t find you, and what you can do to get found.

The hiring world is relying more and more on technology every day to assist hiring professionals efficiently and effectively locate and find the best talent. Many internal and external recruiters are managing upwards of 15-20 open requisitions at a time. If you leave out key points on your resume, it may not get flagged or moved through the screening process.

One of the challenges we are presented with daily is trying to find you and help connect you with great companies and career opportunities. There are many recruiters and talent acquisition professionals that are new to the industry or might not have a science degree. Help us connect the dots with the language and examples used on your resume.

If you are a Product Development Chemist, what product did you create? Were you the sole contributor, or work in a team environment? Did you see the idea or product from concept to completion? What success did you have? Did the product have a financial impact on the company’s profits (using to and from)? Use this language in your resume to highlight your accomplishments.

If you are a Quality Control Chemist, what process or methods did you test and validate? What types of instruments did you use? What types of chemicals or raw materials did you sample and test, or interact with? If you have used HPLC, list it! It can be included in the bottom of a resume in a skills section, or keep it within the position on your resume where the experience was obtained.

This will help recruiters, hiring managers and talent acquisition professionals find you easier when searching proactively through resumes for very specific experience or disciplines.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]Resumes must have the right amount of content – use specific keywords that you would find in a job description, list your technical skills and include the industries you have worked in as well.[/perfectpullquote]

You can never assume that including your company’s name in a resume will bring your name up in a search for a specific job, so details about your position and experience are crucial.

Let’s work together in finding you and your colleagues’ great career opportunities! We might have the perfect opportunity, but we need to be able to find you and match your skill sets to the job.

Good Luck! I hope this information is helpful and you can implement for any current or upcoming job searches.

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