Dear LA Teacher,
High school students should be thinking about careers during their last few years of secondary education. What field of study do you know about that is stable with a steady job growth?
Dear LA Counselor,
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics a career in science offers a stable field with a steady job growth. For example biochemists and biophysicists have an expected job growth of 31% by 2020. These fields show a much greater job growth average than non-science careers.
Jobs for scientists include chemists, pharmacists, environmentalists, astronomers, climate change analysts, electricians, and much more.
Jobs for scientists are so important that President Obama announced plans to dedicate $180 million for programs urging students to study science, technology, engineering, and math. In an April 22, 2013 New York Times article, President Obama was committed to giving students the resources needed to pursue education in the disciplines collectively known as STEM. He said, “This is the time to reach a level of research and development that we haven’t seen since the height of the space race.”
To help students find job careers in science they can do some preliminary research on the Open Education Data Base (OEDb). The database guides a student toward a career in science that will match their degree ambitions. For example, if a student wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in science and technology with an emphasis in environmental science, the database will send them to Ashford University. If a student is interested in earning a higher degree like a master’s in health and medicine/nursing in the area of public health Walden University may have the program for them.
LA Teacher strongly suggests students find an area of interest they love and look into degree programs that will earn them salaries that will keep them in the style of life they envision themselves living.