Graduates with a Bachelor of Science degree have many career paths open to them. You can pursue two broad avenues: do research in graduate school or use your expertise by working in a field related to your degree. You can also use the career services available to you, as part of your school, society or from a career services company. Remember to think creatively about these options. Using your expertise entails more variety than you might think.
Graduate school is an increasingly popular option. For one thing, more scientists are doing more research now than at any point in history, so there are no lack of programs and funding. Also, as scientific discoveries and the technological developments that follow them get more complex, you need to have an advanced education to understand them for advanced work in the field. Seriously consider graduate school if you enjoyed your undergraduate work and you're excited to learn more. Before you choose a program, consider the various paths you can pursue in graduate school: high-level research, teaching professor, science policy maker or business leader with a thorough knowledge of science and technology. With good writing skills and good score on your Graduate Record Examination, you might even go to graduate school in the humanities.
Use Your Expertise
With a bachelor's of science degree, you can also enter the work force right away. Jobs for people with degrees in the sciences have grown along with research and industry. If your degree is in computer science, for example, you don't just have to be a programmer in a cubicle. You can work with a non-profit organization in the developing world, helping businesses become part of the global market or helping them develop software to meet their needs. A graduate with a degree in electrical engineering might also work in biological systems, testing how medical lasers interact with human tissue. Think about your own specialty and how that specialty is important to many other fields.
If you're having trouble coming to a good decision, remember that you can always consult a career services professional. Most schools have a career services office where they provide help with your resume, cover letter and interviewing skills. But they also help you look into your career options. If you're not a student anymore, don't worry. Many schools let alumni use their career services. Even if you can't use your school's services, you can always go to a professional service or the services provided by a learned society. These services often partner with head hunters, recruiters and staffing firms in addition to providing career counseling.
Timothy Kearns has been writing since 1999. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Greek and Latin, an Master of Arts degree in Medieval Latin, and he is writing a Ph.D in Medieval Latin and Roman law. He has edited two volumes of papers and he wrote the introduction to a commemorative volume for a recently deceased scholar.