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  1. Rafini profile image85
    Rafiniposted 5 years ago

    Say you go to college and get an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts & Science.  What do you do next?  What careers are out there for someone with a degree in science?

    1. Stacie L profile image86
      Stacie Lposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      its a prerequisite for higher degrees and programs into the healthcare field such as nursing and radiology ....
      what are you interested in doing?

      1. Rafini profile image85
        Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        not healthcare. 

        If I had to choose something (lol, duh!  isn't that what its all about?)  I'd say outer space, how life came to be, astronomy, how the mind works, human behavior (hey, isn't there a behavioral science?  possibly that one - but not psychology or psychiatry)

        1. kephrira profile image60
          kephriraposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I don't think you can go into behavioral science without studying psychology.

          1. Rafini profile image85
            Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            ok, I'll keep that in mind.  Thanks!  smile

    2. Shahid Bukhari profile image61
      Shahid Bukhariposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Education ... substantiated with a School Diploma or a College Degree, means that your Established Social Order ... Establishment ... has "honed, directed, and polished, your "by Birth" Known" ...

      Thus, it helps greatly in life, if you know your strengths ... meaning, things you are good at, naturally, and have these Strengths Honed and Polished ... than, allowing your self to be "generally" Polished.

      Thus, a Degree is the Academic Certification, of you having been Provided with "Education" thus, a well rounded, Personality, with some Skills... Meaning, that Now you are up to the Required Mark, and may be utilized by the Society for your knowns.

      Most people expect, that Society will ask them to come, and serve its Organs ...  others take the Liberal path, and do, whats needed. What category of People do you belong to ?

    3. Greek One profile image80
      Greek Oneposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      get on Hubpages and start writing about Elmer Fudd

    4. qwark profile image60
      qwarkposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Raf:
      Write to or call Exxon and ask them who they are hiring.
      Tell 'em ya want to work for 'em.

      Oil is going to be here, in one way or another for the rest of your life.

      Or, study money, world economics and civics then go to law school and finish at the top of your class...opportunities will magically appear....or marry your law studies to the oil business and by golly, one day, you may become the CEO of EXXON!

      Dream big baby!   smile:

      Qwark

      1. RDSPhD profile image78
        RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Yeah that's how you do it wink
        Go to a conference (those companies often have things like a  "business lunch", "career opportunity meeting", "career conference" etc. at good universities, then speak with someone of their HR-Management and they'll tell you what they need most wink Then start low and well if you're good at it you'll be in a greater position at no time wink
        It really depends most on what you like to do not what you should do based on the opinion of others.
        So do you have any favorite companies you would like to work for ?

      2. Rafini profile image85
        Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        omg - lol - it's the big dreaming that got me here in the first place!  lol

        what I'm trying to do is find a way to narrow down the dreams, lol, how does anyone know what career will make them happy?  with a science degree?  lol

        1. qwark profile image60
          qwarkposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Raf:
          I'm just guessing.
          You are young?
          I took the same college path you are on. Jr. college, then on to a 4 yr college.
          Every college has counselors.
          If you are young, and are confused, I'd like to make a suggestion.
          It is extreme, but I did it and I wouldn't have changed my decision.
          With much thought and consideration, at 18, I joined the USAF!
          I didn't want to join a combat facet of the military i.e. the Army or Marines.
          The USAF sent me to school, taught me a trade I could fall back on in civilian life and offered me 4 yrs of college with tuition fully paid! I also spent 3 yrs in Europe working under wonderful conditions and eating the best foods.
          When I was discharged
          at 23, I began college college work and ended up with a couple Masters Degrees.
          During that time, hopefully, you'll be able to figure out what you'd really like to do in your life.

          Just a suggestion!

          Qwark   smile:

          1. Rafini profile image85
            Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            not young enough, lol.  thanks for the suggestion, tho - I almost took that path when I was young, but life had other ideas for me. hmm

            it's just crazy, ya know?  I'm no longer young enough to go for everything I'm interested in...and it's such a large variety that I don't see how I can intermix them.  lol  I hafta choose!  (when I was young, and saw this coming, I chose writing as my career but never got to it until I found HubPages. hmm)

            1. qwark profile image60
              qwarkposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Raf:
              ...cain't hep ya then!   lol
              You are a mature woman who seems to be confused and searching.
              ...ain't no one gonna hep ya but yerself...and you know that.
              Keep askin' and tryin'!
              Qwark   smile:

          2. RDSPhD profile image78
            RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            Haha I nearly did the same but I joined the Army after my bachelor of science - and due to my good marks was promoted Corporal pretty fast. I was then responsible for WMD-weapons and their detection (which sounds quite exciting but basically is just sitting in a lab all day long, 10 stories under the surface, joined by dangerous bacteria, viruses and chemicals  - how nice is that xD) and after 1 and a half years of active-duty I continued my studies. But I have to say I learned a lot during that time, also how barbarous humans can be, and how fragile the human body is (therefore I can also recommend you Forensics like Julie2 mentioned, however you'll have to have a strong stomach and you'll never forget the smell of Formol your whole life wink).

            Well basically you can do anything in the fields of science, and it's hard to decide what to specialize in, because there are so many great subjects but as long as you do something that you're interested in, I think you can achieve anything wink.

            1. Rafini profile image85
              Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              I guess it's just too early to decide...can't decide before I take the science classes! smile

              1. RDSPhD profile image78
                RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                So you'll be taking science classes then ? wink

                1. Rafini profile image85
                  Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  lol Of course!  After all, They are required wink

                  1. RDSPhD profile image78
                    RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                    Didn't know that tongue (I'm not really that en expert when it comes to the U.S. school system wink)

    5. starme77 profile image85
      starme77posted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Not sure ... but before I went to school for all that I think I would do a bit of research about it smile

  2. Rochelle Frank profile image87
    Rochelle Frankposted 5 years ago

    An Associates degree is good-- you've gone the extra mile past high school, but often it is a stepping stone to a higher degree by getting the basic requirements out of the way.
    Nothing you have learned is wasted. If you plan to go into a science field, maybe medical assisting or lab work is in your future.

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I've considered lab work, in terms of research, but I'm not sure I'd want to be confined inside all day. hmm

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        You poor thing... smile

        1. Rafini profile image85
          Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          lol  big_smile

  3. wilderness profile image95
    wildernessposted 5 years ago

    R&D

    Quality Control

    Chief bottle washer

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Chief bottle washer?  -  Oh, no!  Don't tell me!

  4. skyfire profile image72
    skyfireposted 5 years ago

    What branch in science interests you ?

    Biology ? chemistry ? physics ? geology ? astrophysics ? Maths ? Computer Science ?

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      no clue.  the last science class I took was biology, and I didn't like it much.  I'm thinking not computer science or political science (are these technically even a science??)

      the rest of science seems quite interesting.

      1. SomewayOuttaHere profile image59
        SomewayOuttaHereposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        ...become a scientist in the area that interests you...go for the big Phd...and be a prof or do research etc....

        1. Rafini profile image85
          Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          big_smile  always wanted a Phd.  lol

      2. skyfire profile image72
        skyfireposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        from what i see in your replies i think you should definitely go for astrophysics.  smile 

        How life works ? that will be study of biological evolution/abiogenesis which you may or may not like after some time due to faith reasons. Behavioral science is good but it's part of psychology degree and if you're into science then you should go for neuroscience instead of social psychology.

        1. Rafini profile image85
          Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          thank you skyfire - I was a bit concerned with the 'how life works' option, lol, and the behavioral science. 

          If I'm remembering correctly, astrophysics would deal with outer space.  kinda like a mixing of astrology & astronomy, and math.  I'm going to look it up.  Thanks!

      3. RDSPhD profile image78
        RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Haha Biology xD. Either you're born for it or you hate it tongue
        Oh and well you can do a PhD in nearly every subject you want wink
        If you want to study Astrophysics you first have to study "ordinary" Physics, at least at my University only the Masters degree is where you can branch off to Astrophysics. I have to say I love Physics but it's really a lot of mathematics!! Chemistry is a bit less math based wink

        Oh and labs rock! Once you've in a higher class, you can synthesize nearly everything you can imagine tongue it's also cool to handle dangerous chemicals that could blow the whole place or are poisonous as hell xD It's somehow thrilling tongue

        1. Rafini profile image85
          Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          I'm worried about Chemistry - I don't have the best memory for things that aren't logical. big_smile  Chemical symbols aren't always logical - I've never understood the periodic table from looking at it, whereas the multiplication table is completely logical. 

          On the flip side, I think I'd enjoy Chemistry for the very reasons you mention. smile

      4. Julie2 profile image60
        Julie2posted 5 years ago in reply to this

        What about Forensics? Its always interesting and forever changing! wink

  5. paradigmsearch profile image87
    paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago

    First, get registered at a 4-year school for your bachelors degree. You want to do this so that you can tell prospective employers that you are doing this. This will result in the company perceiving you as a long-term investment; that is a good thing.

    Then start applying for lab tech jobs at every R&D place you can find.

    Frankly, your odds are about 1 in a 100.

    If you wear that hat, 1 in 50.

    smile

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Interesting.  Apply for lab tech jobs at all R & D places in order to figure it out?  Makes sense, lol. smile

      1. paradigmsearch profile image87
        paradigmsearchposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        If you can land a job in the government funded defense or aerospace industries, you will be exposed to just about every branch of science there is.

  6. RDSPhD profile image78
    RDSPhDposted 5 years ago

    Haha check this
    http://www.sixtysymbols.com/
    and then this
    http://periodicvideos.com/

    check some vids on both pages and tell me which page is more interesting wink

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      hey, cool. smile

      I could only get one video to work - a chemistry video, boring. big_smile  (I can't even remember which element!  I think it was something with an N)

      I thought the sixty symbols was more interesting, some were even familiar (I've self-studied a little astrology, even created my own birth chart which matched a computer generated one a few years later) 
      Some of the sixty symbols seemed to make sense while others made no sense (a bird drinking from a bucket?? lol)

      I'm curious what the unfamiliar symbols are used for.

      1. RDSPhD profile image78
        RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        Haha check the molecules
        here http://periodicvideos.com/molecularvideos.htm
        or the extra videos (also somewhere on the page), those are a bit different wink

        Well and the drinking bird is also a very famous experiment (I bet you have seen it elsewhere before) check the details here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drinking_Bird it's only a small article wink

        1. Rafini profile image85
          Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          lol  the drinking bird!  I recognize the Tweety version!  lol  Not sure what I thought of the Simpson's version - I probably haven't seen it enough to commit it to memory.

          Perpetual Motion sounds very interesting!  Physics, huh?  lol

          1. RDSPhD profile image78
            RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            We'll you're not likely to invent a perpetual motion machine, the laws of Thermodynamics would be pretty peed off if you did wink

            1. Rafini profile image85
              Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              lol  I highly doubt it's possible to duplicate the rotation of earth!  (that's what I think of when talking about Perpetual Motion, lol)

              1. RDSPhD profile image78
                RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                When I hear perpetual motion I think of:
                The Perpetual Motion Squad (PMS)
                http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kp5anxHIY61qzav8yo1_500.png
                ... we can go aaall night wink

                Hahaha xD Only funny If you've seen "The Big Bang Theory" tongue

                1. Rafini profile image85
                  Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                  lol

                  I haven't, but, um, lol, PMS?  lol

          2. Beelzedad profile image60
            Beelzedadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            No, cranks, loonies and crackpots. No physics involved. smile

            1. RDSPhD profile image78
              RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              Hahaha xD
              But you need to be a bit crazy in order to become a physicist wink

              1. Beelzedad profile image60
                Beelzedadposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                That's for sure, considering the average wages. smile

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    china manposted 5 years ago

    I recommend wholeheartedly a different 'way'.

    Choose what suits your own personal abilites best - and don't even think about the future - this way you get a better degree or whatever and the next step will apear in front of you when you have the ability to recognise that it is even there.

    1. Rafini profile image85
      Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      I kinda thought that's what I've been doing, with interests added, and I ended up with a couple classes this year that I'm quite disappointed in having chosen them. hmm 

      History of pop/rock music and music appreciation - although, I am challenged by the MA class and like it so far.  I'm also unhappy with my Anthropology class, but that may have more to do with the instructor - it's her first year teaching and all she does is repeat what's in the textbook, hmm, and it seems she doesn't come prepared to answer questions outside her specialty. hmm

  8. Purple Perl profile image80
    Purple Perlposted 5 years ago

    Science graduates have a vast field to choose from-medicine, engineering, microbiology, marine biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, dietetics, nutrition,physicist, etc. But, you must first know what you like and what you wish to do after you do the particular subject. Study further,take up job, what career you can choose, how much you can earn, should you study further,etc.
    It would be wise to see if you know any other science students who have finished and gone before you and see if you would like to do what they are doing.

    1. RDSPhD profile image78
      RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

      Ah well so I know what we're talking about! anyway thanks for the clarification big_smile

      I always knew that I want to study general Physics AND general Chemistry at the University, but before that I never had to decide wether to take science classes or not since they all were mandatory till University. That's we're I had to decide what to study wink

      1. Rafini profile image85
        Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

        what?!  lol

        the post is kinda helpful.


        Hey!  RDSPhD - do you know anything about Meta Physics?  It sounds like it'd be kinda like Philosophy...hmm  (well, that's where I heard it, anyway, was in my Philosophy class)

        1. RDSPhD profile image78
          RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

          Hey Rafini!

          Haha sorry about the post wink

          Well metaphysics actually belongs to the fields of Philosophy, as far as I know it has more in common with Philosophy than with actual Physics, but it's an interesting field because it deals with the same questions than most physicists ask themselves (why are we here? Is there a god? If yes why doesn't he show his presence? If not where are we from? etc.) but makes a more philosophical approach in answering these questions (e.g. not based on measuring background radiation in space but rather trying to answer these questions with a logical approach and more terrestrial proofs).

          It certainly is a good subject since you won't get to these fascinating questions, when studying physics at the university, before the 5th or 6th semester wink (although you'll be answering other quite exciting questions in basic physics studies to get some sort of groundwork done before approaching Astro-Physics and the questions connected with it wink)

          1. Rafini profile image85
            Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

            okay, thanks!  looks like I may have solved my dilemma smile 

            (with a little, or a little more than a little, help from my friends big_smile )

            1. RDSPhD profile image78
              RDSPhDposted 5 years ago in reply to this

              that's what Hubpages is for I believe wink

              so what are you going to do exactly (if you don't mind me asking this of course wink)

              1. Rafini profile image85
                Rafiniposted 5 years ago in reply to this

                After my previous post I scheduled an appointment with an academic advisor - hopefully to get info that will help me decide if I want to pursue Astro Physics or Meta Physics.  (I'd had no idea what my interests were, what they meant, or where they were directing me  lol)

 
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