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What can you do with a science degree?

Rodger Bohnert with students looking at machinery in NMR Lab

With a science degree, the possibilities are endless. But it can be challenging to choose a career path before you understand what people in a specific profession do. To begin to gain an in-depth understanding of what it is like to work in a field, use a variety of resources and talk to as many people in your area of interest as possible.

The College’s Career Development team offers a variety of learning opportunities to create positive experiences for science students. Experiential learning, or hands-on experiences, gives you the chance to participate in events and opportunities so can learn more about yourself, your interests, passions and potential careers.

As you explore career options, it is helpful to consider factors such as job duties, education and training requirements, projected job growth, location, culture and norms as well as salary ranges. Give some thought to whether you think a job would be a good fit for you—identify what you like about it, what you don't like and what questions you might have.

Explore the many careers for science majors and the career development services in the College of Science. Some good first steps to identify your ideal career path include: doing informational interviews, job shadowing and scheduling a career consultation with Claire Wu (claire.wu@oregonstate.edu), our science career development advisor.