Career Pathways

Science & Tech

Industry overview

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers cater to those who often like to work independently and solve abstract problems. Opportunities can vary from data analysis to biotechnology. Explore these websites to learn which specific career in the STEM field may be for you
My next move
Bureau of Labor Statistics
My Individual Development Plan
We Use Math
American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Vault Guides offer a sample of careers in science and technology. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry level requirements. You’ll notice that some jobs may overlap with a variety of majors or industries. Access The Vault to learn more.

  • Agricultural engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • Architects
  • Astronomers
  • Biologist
  • Biochemists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Chemists
  • Chemical engineers
  • Computer programmers/developers
  • Construction managers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Environmental protection specialists
  • Fire prevention specialists
  • Foresters
  • Geologists
  • Hydrologists
  • Marine Scientists
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
  • Physicists
  • Soil and water conservationist
  • Statistician
  • Transportation planner
  • Wastewater engineering
  • Wildlife biologist

Preparing for a career

Practical, hands-on, experience is an important component of a successful career in a STEM field. There are many ways to gain experience outside of a traditional internship.

Research

Scientific research accounts for about 90 percent of the jobs in the research industry. Participating in research will help contribute to your career development such as resume/cv building and professional networking. The Office of Research and Innovation maintains a list of VCU research opportunities.

Leadership/Student organization involvement

Joining organizations relevant to your industry is a sure way to gain more insight and knowledge in your relative field.

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network

Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO)

Exercise Science Club at VCU (ESC @ VCU)

Mathematical Sciences Club (Math Club)

Join a professional association

Joining a professional association opens doors to numerous opportunities. Professional associations allow you to connect with experienced professionals who can help you explore career options, alert you to internship or job opportunities and provide insight into current industry trends and practices. Many professional associations offer reduced or discounted membership fees to students.

Virginia Bio
Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
The American Institute of Biological Science
Society for Mathematical Biology
Biotechnology Industry Organization
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Society for Conservation Biology
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Association for Women in Science
American Society for Microbiology

Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great way to boost your career. Volunteering allows you the opportunity for career exploration and the chance to try out different organizations, roles, issues, etc. You will develop new and transferable skills that can be applicable in an internship or a full-time position. Check out these sites to discover volunteer opportunities in the Richmond area and beyond:

Idealist

Volunteermatch

Develop practical skills

Practical skills are an essential part of positioning yourself as a highly-sought-after candidate. VCU has a partnership with Lynda.com to provide free skills training. Consider taking some of these recommended courses as a part of your training.

Access VCU’s Lynda portal with your eID and password

  • AutoCAD
  • MySQL
  • SPSS
  • 3D printing
  • Autodesk
  • SOLIDWORKS
  • Linux
  • Mobile app development
  • Web development
  • 3D drawing
  • Database fundamentals
  • Microsoft Excel

Applying and interviewing

Resumes and cover letters
Interviewing
Letters of recommendation

Opportunity search resources

Internships, scholarships, fellowships, and funding 

Diversity in STEM
Sloan Fellowship
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Jobs and internships

HireVCURams
National Institutes of Health
People Solutions
Math Internships
Aerotek Scientific
Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
Homeland Security Summer Internship Program
Field Studies Internships
Food and Drug Administration
CIA jobs and internships
ResearchGate job board
Sustainable Careers
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program

 

Meet with an Adviser

To schedule an appointment with a Science & Technology adviser, call (804) 828-1645 or log into your HireVCURams account.

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Katybeth Lee

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Strategic change agent and connector of people to find the place where their talents meet the world's needs, lifelong learner, avid home cook.

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Passionate educator and champion of human potential. Avid runner, snowboarder, and student of just about anything.

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Jorge Piocuda

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North Carolina native. Audio and cinephile. Collector of vinyl and books. Career educator guiding the bright minds of today to become the influencers of tomorrow.

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Latisha Taylor

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Richmond native, bargain shopping fanatic, and a proud card-carrying member of the Beyhive. Ready to foster the career development of VCU students one Ram at a time.

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Doctoral student and lifelong learner with a passion for connecting and helping others. Interests include Bay Area sports, trivia, music, and bad jokes.