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

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Updated on Dec 22, 2010

For students who like Physics and figuring out how to make things work: Site-Based Engineer

Engineering has long been a go-to career for students who love math and science. Mats Andersson is a lead engineer at Serra, a systems integrator in the field of automation. He is always looking for recruits who like to size up problems and offer solutions. “The best part of being an engineer, “ he says, “is the feeling of accomplishment when a project is complete and everything is functioning flawlessly. It's just like taking a class and getting an A in school, or learning how to ride a bike or stand on a surf board.” Unfortunately, some engineering jobs are being outsourced, so it’s important to think about positions with good job security: “There will always be a need for local engineers in the infrastructure, construction, mechanical, and mechatronics fields.” Specifically, he pointed to facilities that can’t be moved overseas: plants that manage water or water waste, and food-processing industries. He also sees growth in green engineering: “The hottest topic right now is the environment and everything that supports it, like energy savings and alternative sources.”

For students who like Biology: Alternative Medicine Practitioner

American healthcare is experiencing a shift as more people choose treatments that do not fall within the realm of conventional medicine. According to the New York Times, the last decade saw a14% increase in the number of adults who used at least one alternative or complementary treatment such as acupuncture, chiropractic, or homeopathic. Dr. Jo English is a Licensed Chiropractor who enjoys helping her patients cultivate good health. “Chiropractic assists the natural healing ability of the body to get well rather than covering up symptoms, so we can get people healthy without using drugs or surgery,” says Dr. English. She thinks that curiosity in natural health care and how the body functions are good assets for a student who is interested in her field. She adds, “They should also posses an entrepreneurial spirit, as most chiropractors are business owners as well as doctors.” Dr. English and other licensed practitioners have a wide scope of practice to treat people, and can refer out for medical care when needed. In addition, the hours of these practices can be more flexible than those of conventional offices, and the relationships with patients less rushed.

The above is a list of careers that are more than just jobs. They represent the fulfillment of the talents and passions of the experts  interviewed. By talking to your student about his own calling, you can help him see the link between his schoolwork today and the career that will bring him life-long satisfaction.

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