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  1. #1 How is the job demand for each science field? 
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    Talking to many scientist today, you get the real deal on how the market is. I have read lots of journals from premier scientist actually advising students not to enter the field due to so many horrible issues within the community.

    The way I judge demand is I usually just go on job search links and type in the job and see the results. For many professions, there are so little to virtually none. For example try searching for Lab Technician in a few job search engines and with many you will get really no results. It is frightening to see this for future up and coming scientist. If not job search engines, where are these jobs for the scientist?

    I would just search for this information in statistics sites but it is so hard to get a straight answer as with statistic sites, the answer can range from one site to the other, it is hard to get a clear picture.

    From what I gather, engineering is a sure shot for money and demand. But all the other sectors seem to get little mention.


    For those with experience on this issue first hand or through word of mouth, how is the job sector demand for each science field?

    Which career or field has the highest demand and opportunities? Average or lowest?
    Engineering, Biology, Social sciences?


    How are the job opportunities? Many? Some? Virtually none?

    And where are these jobs found? Search engines? Social sites? Who you know basis? Government or social sectors? Large corporations?


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    Quote Originally Posted by tariqblaze View Post
    Talking to many scientist today, you get the real deal on how the market is. I have read lots of journals from premier scientist actually advising students not to enter the field due to so many horrible issues within the community.

    The way I judge demand is I usually just go on job search links and type in the job and see the results. For many professions, there are so little to virtually none. For example try searching for Lab Technician in a few job search engines and with many you will get really no results. It is frightening to see this for future up and coming scientist. If not job search engines, where are these jobs for the scientist?

    I would just search for this information in statistics sites but it is so hard to get a straight answer as with statistic sites, the answer can range from one site to the other, it is hard to get a clear picture.

    From what I gather, engineering is a sure shot for money and demand. But all the other sectors seem to get little mention.


    For those with experience on this issue first hand or through word of mouth, how is the job sector demand for each science field?

    Which career or field has the highest demand and opportunities? Average or lowest?
    Engineering, Biology, Social sciences?


    How are the job opportunities? Many? Some? Virtually none?

    And where are these jobs found? Search engines? Social sites? Who you know basis? Government or social sectors? Large corporations?
    I have heard of people advising others not to go into the science field, but to be honest, the STEM (science, technology, Engineering and mathematics) field is not at a lack of jobs, it has a lack of people. Especially with the newest generation (which includes myself), there has been a serious issue in the amount of people involved in the sciences.

    The internet may work to search for jobs, other times you may have to find connections to people or visit institutions.
    I think you are correct on the fact that Engineering has the highest demand and probably the highest starting pay. (This may vary later depending on your work ethic and ability). A society like America desperately needs engineers, since there is a lack of interest in our generation, you will probably have the advantage if you decide to go into engineering.
    As for the others, I would be weary of the social sciences. Although there is no "sure-shot" or "no-shot" with social sciences, it has always been a field that has fluctuated. Even with getting a job in that field, you are guaranteed little pay. (But if you really love it, I say go for it!) As for Biology, biology may be useful in more than one job, although an actual biologist in this day and age would be difficult. I'd say anything concentrated in engineering and technology will be in high demand. Being a bonafide scientist my require funds and little profit, which is why many of them just simply love science. As an extension, if you enjoy psychology, then I am not discouraging you, but you will need to channel a lot of money in getting a higher degree in order to actually make money, and psychologist jobs are few and far between. I've met many people with psychology degrees who have not been able to put them to work. The medical field pays well, but it is similar to becoming a lawyer. Its long and costly, and it may take you awhile to establish a stable life in the medical field (if you want a high paying job), most jobs in the medical field utilize some form of science (biology, chemistry, etc.) You may end up spending your income paying off medical school debts. Science can be hard work. ^o^ If you've got your heart set on being a scientist, then I don't want to stop you. Just remember that there are many jobs out there that also utilize science. Who knows? Maybe you may consider some of them. )
    And by "horrible issues" in the "community", I'm not quite sure what factors are included there but I addressed the lack of interest, the lack of jobs, but I suppose there is one social factor. I know many people who do not bode well when you tell them you love science. There are many religious communities that are not easily acceptable to that kind of stuff, but I think people are becoming more accepting of it the more time passes. I think its because even they depend on science.


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    Keep in mind that from the perspective of an employer it is sometimes more important that someone has a degree than what that degree is. The possession of the degree is taken as evidence of a certain minimum blend of intellect, application and self direction. I do not have the figures, but strongly suspect that the majority of science graduates never, or only very briefly, work as scientists.
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    Lots of positions in the sciences where I live.Millions are employed in the sciences around the world. Some perspective is needed in your question. You are not likely to find employment in sedimentary geologist in Detroit but good prospects in northern Alberta. Not much chance for employment for an aeronautic engineer in Hong Kong but a lot better in Dubai.Anyways, take the blinkers off and look at the larger picture. What languages do you know? Where do you want to live? What income? There are hundreds of thousands of engineers, hundreds of thousands of doctors, hundreds of thousands in communications, etc.
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