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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
"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
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
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!
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