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The Future Looks Bright for STEM Bachelor Degrees

Have you heard the buzz-phrase "STEM" career or "STEM" education? STEM stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics, and it's become an important acronym for employers, educators and policy makers nationwide. This is because the demand for professionals trained in science, technology, engineering and math keeps growing.

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What are some of the facts about STEM degrees and STEM careers? In 2011, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce did a workforce study focused on STEM education and workforce issues. Here's what the report found:

  • Workers with associate's degrees in STEM fields out-earn 63 percent of people who have bachelor's degrees in other fields.
  • Almost half of workers with bachelor's degrees in STEM fields out-earn workers with PhDs in other fields
  • Regardless of occupation, people with a bachelor's degree in a STEM major make roughly $500,000 more over their lifetimes than non-STEM majors.
  • Over the past 30 years, salaries in STEM-related jobs have jumped faster than those in any other occupation other than healthcare professionals and managerial occupations.
  • STEM wages jumped 31 percent over the past 30 years, compared with 23 percent for all non-STEM occupations.

What does this mean for you? It means that finishing your bachelor's degree in biomedical science at National University may be a very smart decision in building a successful and rewarding career. Learn more by planning to attend one of our student-for-a-day events.

Online Resources for Science Careers from Science Magazine

The journal Science, published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), has an online news center with a special science career section.

Here you'll find a collection of recent stories on careers in science from a variety of news publications. There's also a lively science career discussion forum where science students, academics, employers and current scientists give each other tips on navigating their career paths.

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There's also a job search tool to look through an updated listing of current science employment opportunities. For example, we put the term "research" into the search engine and pulled up 1289 job listings in scientific research from around the world. There's also a library of employer profiles, so that you can get to know some of the larger employers in the science industry.

You can even open an account on the site, post your resume, and get up-to-date job openings emailed to you. Your account allows you to make your resume and profile available to headhunters and employers in the science industry.

This site will help you imagine all the opportunities you'll be able to explore with your bachelor's degree in biomedical science from National University.

Bureau of Labor Stats on Careers with Biological Science Degree

A biomedical science degree falls in the category of biological science degrees. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics provides a website with a wealth of career outlook information for those with biological science degrees. On www.bls.gov you'll find several career categories in biomedical science, a job outlook for each profession, average salary information, descriptions of each career as well as necessary educational requirements.

For example, on www.bls.gov, you can explore biological science careers, such as:

Or you can search on the site for any term you like to find other science related careers and salary information.

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The good news is that between 2008 and 2018, the demand for biochemists should increase by 37%, and demand for microbiologists by 12%. All other biological scientists should see an increase in job growth of 19%. 

Many biomedical science degree graduates from National University of Health Sciences go on to earn an advanced or professional degree in health care. The great news from the Bureau of Labor Statistics is that the health care sector will continue to grow between now and 2020.

Learn more about finishing your bachelor's degree in biomedical science so that you can take advantage of the great momentum these statistics point to for those in science and health care careers.

Career Information and Student Resources

Are you still wondering what you can do with a bachelor's degree in biomedical science? Check out the American Institute of Biological Sciences' website.  You'll find helpful career information, even a career brochure for what you can do with a biology degree.

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The AIBS is a nonprofit scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society.  They are a resource for Congress when legislative decisions have a biological science component. They also have an informative website called Action Bioscience that keeps the public up to date on biological science issues affecting our world and affecting public policy.

Would you like to network with other students in the biological sciences? You can join the AIBS Facebook group for students in biology. 

AIBS is yet another organization echoing what National University has said all along: Career prospects in the biomedical and biological sciences are growing and can be found in a diverse range of industries.

 

Free eBook Highlights Science Career Outlook for BS & MS Grads

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAS), through its online journal Science, has a free digital booklet available on science careers. The 2012 Career Directory spotlights several of the largest employers of science graduates. 

The good news presented in this booklet is that you don't need a PhD to start a science career with a large corporation. According to the booklet's article, "Wanted: BS and MS Scientists in Life Sciences Industries":

"As corporations expand beyond their basic research and development foundations, there is a greater need for MS and BS level researchers who can plan experiments, conduct investigations, and lead teams in crucial areas such as operations, quality assurance, and engineering." 

Pronouncing that today's BS and MS scientists are strategically vital, the article states that:

"For many leaders in life sciences, the role of BS and MS scientists cannot be overstated--they are regarded as vital to the growth and advancement of companies and whole sectors."

The article interviews both BS and MS graduates launching successful new careers, as well as executives in charge of hiring new employees to fill personnel needs at large science corporations. 

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One key to success mentioned in the article, is creating a scientific specialty in your education, such as cell physiology. That's one reason why National University's bachelor of biomedical science degree program allows you to tailor your course selections to create your own portfolio of scientific expertise. You can focus in on anatomy, or biochemistry, nutrition, or any combination of courses that fit your interests and goals. 

It's great to know that the AAS agrees that the future for science grads remains bright!