Originally Posted: Dec 7, 2011
Last Updated: Jul 22, 2015
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the positions requiring science degrees (nursing, health administration, biostatistics, and many others) are on the rise (National Center for Education Statistics). You want to make sure that you can stand out above the competition.
As you look forward to winter break and the holidays, spend time coming up with ideas to enhance your degree. Your overall goal should be to graduate with a degree and/or certifications that will help you achieve your dream career. With the increased competition, you may have to obtain more than a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences, such as a minor in zoology or a certificate in public speaking.
There are several ways you can increase the value of your science degree, including getting certifications, pursuing a major and minor, and seeking publication in research journals.
For example, if you are a physics student, you may want to get a certificate in teaching or public speaking. This will enable you to pursue additional positions in your career field and have the competitive advantage in comparison to college graduates with a single degree.
If you are a biology student, you will most likely need to pursue a graduate degree to enter certain career fields, such as medicine. So, consider getting a minor in business administration (if you are interested in health administration) or in a foreign language (if you are interested in working with international individuals or working abroad).
Collaborating with your professor or other researchers on a project that is published in peer-reviewed journals is a great way to enhance your degree. While this is a very time-consuming task, the benefits are worth the hard work. This option is ideal for students interested in becoming professors or working in research. "Student-Faculty Research in the Sciences" is a great article where you can learn more about this process on CollegeXpress.
In conclusion, feel free to meet with the career office on campus or speak with your professors to learn other ways to make your degree more marketable to your future employers.
Are you a scientist or recent graduate? What tips do you have for students still in college who are looking to get ahead with their degrees?