If you have a passion for conducting experiments and working with data, consider majoring in Science Technologies.
As a Science Technologies major, you will learn the necessary skills to aid research scientists with the variety of tasks they must perform within the lab. You will take classes in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, engineering, and other science disciplines to teach you the about the field and how to properly conduct experiments, operate technology, and draw conclusions.
Since there are many different science disciplines that conduct very specific research, there are many types of science technicians. You may decide to specialize in environmental science, engineering, agricultural and food, forensic science, or forest and conservation.
While some students decide to earn a bachelor's degree, you only need an associate's degree from a community college or vocations school to begin work as a science technician. A bachelor's degree may make your more competitive in a niche field or offer opportunities with more pay.
Students interested in pursuing a career in Science Technologies should have good observation skills along with the ability to work in a team. You will be responsible for keeping detailed notes on experiments and collecting data for research scientists making it important to pay close attention to detail. Strong writing and communication skills will help you explain conclusions and ensure all information is accurate. Students earning a degree in Science Technologies often have a background in science and math.
Students interested in this field should pursue internships or summer jobs at research labs to gain relevant experiments. This will allow you to learn new skills on the job while making you more competitive when looking for jobs after graduation.
Science Technology graduates work in a variety of research labs. Depending on your specific area of study, be it environmental, engineering, or another science discipline, you will find a job in a lab that performs specific types of research. Since you will have the knowledge to run laboratory technology along with the critical and analytical skills to collect data and draw conclusions, you will be able to work in labs across many different industries. Depending on the field you decide to pursue, jobs are growing at an average to slower than average pace. Students with previous experience are more likely to be competitive in the job market.
Here is a small sample of the careers that a degree in Science Technologies/Technicians (Other) might open up.