An astronaut! An investment banker! A game developer! All very viable answers to one question each of us has been asked since we were young – what do you want to be when you grow up? For many of us, somewhere along the way our career became a mandate instead of a dream.

Taking a step back from the stress that is inevitably brought on by the seemingly permanent and absolute word ‘career’, you might find yourself fitting in one of these two categories: you either have your heart set on the job of your dreams or you don’t have a clue as to what you’d like to do. Either way, you’re lucky. The only way you could end up unlucky is if you allow yourself to get sidetracked by the fantasy that others are living. Allow yourself to open up to the opportunities and resources around you before you zero in on one choice.

Being a science student, it is easy to think that your career options are limited to ones you’ve been exposed to through daily conversation, such as becoming a physician or researcher. However, there is also a world of other equally pivotal career paths that one can consider when obtaining a science degree. The duration of this article will explore just a few examples:

  1. Nurse Practitioner*

Nurse practitioners are nurses who have gone through extensive education processes and nursing experience in order to diagnose and treat patients with illnesses and well as prescribe medications. Working alongside other health-care providers, nurse practitioners strive to provide short-term and long-term care as well as educate families on ways to live with or prevent illnesses. In addition to acting as a health-care provider, nurse practitioners conduct research within facilities.

*(Note that you’ll need a nursing degree first – NP is a graduate program.)

  1. Food Scientist

This job has a direct impact on thousands, potentially millions, of people every day. A food scientist studies the molecular make-up of food to ensure that it is safe for consumers to buy. Their main goals are to improve the taste and health benefits of food they study using genetics, biochemistry, and other disciplines. Food scientists play a pivotal role on the food we eat daily. It’s a great use of all that biochemistry and genetics knowledge you’ve crammed in the past few years.

  1. Environmental Scientist

This career path is sure to remain relevant long into the future years as global warming and climate change continue to progress. This hands-on job allows one to conduct scientific studies which discover new ways to generate clean energy, support the environment, and ensure our planet is well kept. Potential careers in this area allow for a unique work environment which can range from office environments to on-site studies.

  1. Consultant

Scientific consultants are proficient problem solvers when given a situation that needs to be handled on a tight time deadline. The opportunities for growth are vast and flexible. The fast pace of work ensure that every day is different, which breaks the monotony of having a predictable lifestyle.

When looking for a potential career it is without a doubt important to consider its relevance in the future and whether it has a sustainable pay. However, considering your career as something more than just what happens between weekends is equally important. At the end of the day, Mark Twain put it best when he said, “Find a job you enjoy doing, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

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