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Up-and-Coming Careers for Students Interested in Math and Science

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For students who like Statistics and using numbers to analyze trends: Clinical Data Manager

Biotechnology companies are inventing medicines for illnesses that used to be impossible to treat. And while there’s always a need for the cutting-edge Geneticists who develop the drugs, most people don’t know about the scientists who collect and analyze the patient data. Clinical Data Managers help evaluate the trials that that proves a drug’s efficacy to the FDA. Carol Garvey, a Director of Clinical Data Management at Genentech, enjoys the dynamic environment of her workplace: “It’s always interesting to learn how a drug under study works or does not work based on the clinical data that comes in. I also like that I am able to work with many great minds across many disciplines, such as doctors, statisticians, programmers, project managers, and epidemiologists.” Garvey says that there are many different kinds of college degrees in her department, but that one talent is key to success: “Soft skills, I mean collaboration, learning to work across diverse groups with diverse knowledge.” She thinks that students should always be open to any and all job possibilities, since they can lead to new careers that we’ve never even dreamed about. And no matter what the future holds, she advises: “You can and should have fun at work. I have shared many laughs with my colleagues, from all levels.” 

For students who like Algebra and number manipulation: Certified Public Accountant

Thanks to legislature like the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the recent turmoil in our financial markets, companies are in growing need of talented accountants. “Getting a CPA puts students in line for many career paths in the Accounting/Finance area—tax, financial reporting, audit, management,” says Corporate Controller Christine Steele.  She feels that public accounting experience is not only the best learning opportunity for someone interested in finance, but also a crucial resume item that demonstrates experience and knowledge. “Accounting is not just addition and subtraction, and demands a good understanding of business as well as accounting regulation, but it is a challenging and demanding career.” Additionally, accounting offers good job security: “All companies need an accounting department, so jobs are available in a wide range of industries and locations.” 

For students who like Geometry and spatial concepts: Industrial Architect

Architecture can be a rewarding career for creative students with strong visualization skills. “I enjoy the challenge of looking at a design problem a client has and knowing that in the end, I will come up with a solution. I never know what that solution might be, but in the end, I am pleasantly surprised,” says architect Robert Medan. Natural architects are people who “enjoy visualizing how things are built. This interest and curiosity should extend to everything in our physical surroundings.” Medan sees funding diminishing for private sector work, but openings in Institutional work such as schools, hospitals, and community centers. His advice for potential architecture students: “Keep yourself focused on the goal of becoming an architect. It is a long, arduous process that requires many years of dedicated study and work. Take that Calculus class, take Physics, lots of history and try to enjoy learning. It is all worth it in the end.”

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