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?
its a prerequisite for higher degrees and programs into the healthcare field such as nursing and radiology ....
what are you interested in doing?
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)
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 ?
get on Hubpages and start writing about Elmer Fudd
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! :
Yeah that's how you do it
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 Then start low and well if you're good at it you'll be in a greater position at no time
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 ?
omg - lol - it's the big dreaming that got me here in the first place!
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
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!
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.
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. )
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 ).
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 .
I guess it's just too early to decide...can't decide before I take the science classes!
Didn't know that (I'm not really that en expert when it comes to the U.S. school system )
oh, sorry. thought science would be an international kind of requirement. I need one with a lab and one without. I don't really get it, but my Anthropology class fits under Humanities/Social Science. lol
Well school systems are really TOTALLY different from country to country, the same is unfortunately true for standards that even vary from school to school, that's why you mostly need to do some kind of entrance exam before studying at a University .
But could you please briefly explain to me on what type of school/level we are talking about? It was always a very general advice when I vouched for science But I see that we're getting into the details now ;P
I knew school systems were different, but I guess I thought that science was a basic course of study along with math, reading, and writing.
Right now I'm attending a 2 year technical college, (for an Associate Degree) and my course credits will transfer to a 4 year University. (so basically I'm learning the same as I would at a 4 year but paying less money to do so)
Ah I see, I read a 3-pages article about the U.S. school system - what a special school system that is (at least different from many other school systems)!
It somehow pushes you to go to work after getting an Associate Degree, I think the motivation of going to the University afterwards isn't as high as in other countries. But of course this is just an estimate.
Nevertheless I'm proud of you Rafini hope the academic advisor will point you to the right direction
well, at least with an Associate Degree I'll be able to earn almost a living wage! lol I'm undecided if I want to go further with my education - do I want to go for a Bachelors or a Masters? Is that PhD really all that important to me?
I think I'll have a better answer after speaking with the advisor.
Yeah I'm sure he can help you out and concerning the degree, you'll feel it once your there I wanted to only study till the masters degree but it was so fascinating and I couldn't spend 1 minute without thinking about my studies so I decided to keep studying
I'm hoping to have that kind of reaction, too. It's been a long time coming! lol
Not sure ... but before I went to school for all that I think I would do a bit of research about it
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.
Chief bottle washer
What branch in science interests you ?
Biology ? chemistry ? physics ? geology ? astrophysics ? Maths ? Computer Science ?
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.
...become a scientist in the area that interests you...go for the big Phd...and be a prof or do research etc....
from what i see in your replies i think you should definitely go for astrophysics.
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.
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!
Haha Biology xD. Either you're born for it or you hate it
Oh and well you can do a PhD in nearly every subject you want
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
Oh and labs rock! Once you've in a higher class, you can synthesize nearly everything you can imagine it's also cool to handle dangerous chemicals that could blow the whole place or are poisonous as hell xD It's somehow thrilling
I'm worried about Chemistry - I don't have the best memory for things that aren't logical. 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.
What about Forensics? Its always interesting and forever changing!
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.
Interesting. Apply for lab tech jobs at all R & D places in order to figure it out? Makes sense, lol.
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.
Haha check this
and then this
check some vids on both pages and tell me which page is more interesting
I could only get one video to work - a chemistry video, boring. (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.
Haha check the molecules
or the extra videos (also somewhere on the page), those are a bit different
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
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
We'll you're not likely to invent a perpetual motion machine, the laws of Thermodynamics would be pretty peed off if you did
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)
No, cranks, loonies and crackpots. No physics involved.
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.
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.
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, , and it seems she doesn't come prepared to answer questions outside her specialty.
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.
Ah well so I know what we're talking about! anyway thanks for the clarification
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
the post is kinda helpful.
Hey! RDSPhD - do you know anything about Meta Physics? It sounds like it'd be kinda like Philosophy... (well, that's where I heard it, anyway, was in my Philosophy class)
Haha sorry about the post
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 (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 )
okay, thanks! looks like I may have solved my dilemma
(with a little, or a little more than a little, help from my friends )
that's what Hubpages is for I believe
so what are you going to do exactly (if you don't mind me asking this of course )
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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