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Careers in Science

Want to know more about careers in life science? Browse through detailed information on over 100 careers to discover what scientists really do and what it takes to prepare for these careers. Each career profile provides basic career information such as salary, job outlook, degree requirements, etc. Also included are videos featuring interviews with real scientists or on the job profiles.

O*NET OnLine STEM disciplines

Find occupations that require education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Department of Commerce. Each occupation is linked to knowledge and skills requirements, workstyle, wage and employment trends and more.

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Employment of life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to grow 7 percent, about as fast as the average from 2014 to 2024, which will result in about 97,600 new jobs. The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a searchable and browseable database of occupations, their median wages, educational level, number of jobs, and employment prospects into the future. 

Discovery Education: Food Science

Discovery Education, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the IFT Foundation have partnered to develop this unique program, designed to introduce high school students, teachers, counselors, and parents to the remarkable world of food science and technology, and the exciting career opportunities in the field.

National Defense Education Program: Lab TV

Lab TV provides two seasons of webisodes that demonstrate research coming out of Department of Defense labs. Also, from the same website, click on Personal Stories to hear about careers in science and engineering. 


GetBiotechSmart contains videos and lesson plans for teachers around topics of plant biotechnology. The site also provides information about the Excellence in Biotechnology Education Grant, sponsored by the United Soybean Board. 

Heal, Feed, Sustain: How Biotechnology Can Help Save the World

Heal, Feed, Sustain is a 24-minute video that follows three students as they travel to three North Carolina companies to learn about biotechnology. It also features a free teacher guide with seven student activities, activity extensions, a curriculum connection matrix and more background information about biotechnology.

Secrets of the Sequence

With funding from the Pfizer Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University has assembled more than 50 of the best videos from the public television series, “Secrets of the Sequence” to assist teachers in the application of genetic research across the biology curriculum.  Each 8-10 minute video addresses a particular topic and is accompanied by classroom-tested lesson plans. 

NIGMS:Science Education

The NIGMS provides e-publications, interactive online quizzes and puzzles, posters, fact sheets and curriculum supplements from this Science Education website.

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers provides fun, interactive resources for kids of all ages, including videos that profile real scientists and their work.  Students can send questions to the scientists featured. More than 30 profiles are available on the site.


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