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What Can You Do with a Science Degree?

Typically, when you choose a degree in science, you’re likely planning to enter a career that uses your specific knowledge base and discipline. However, your degree doesn’t mean you’re limiting your options because many companies don’t require specialized coursework. And if a career in the lab doesn’t sound appealing, your degree will give you a range of skills that you can easily apply to jobs unrelated to your area of study.

Food Scientist

The essence of the job of a food scientist is to enhance the standard of food products and create new ones by researching and experimenting with new combinations using food processing techniques, food sources, and raw ingredients. You may monitor food production and ensure that food-making processes are working correctly, analyze the food to determine the nutritional label of the food. If research isn't interesting to you, then you can put your chef skills to work and focus on improving existing food products.

Aerospace Engineer

If you’re thinking of rockets, that’s only one career path you can pursue as an aerospace engineer. Some engineers study how the wind affects newly constructed buildings in cities, or research the best materials to use in an artificial heart to improve blood flow. Aerospace engineers also help to design and develop vehicles and high-speed rail systems. If working as part of a technical team on these kinds of projects interests you, maybe a career as an aerospace engineer is right for you.

Biological Engineer

The work of biological engineers is important in taking care of our planet. Some engineers work with technology to develop a more sustainable environment, cleaner water, and renewable energy, and even work to preserve our planet’s ecosystems. It takes an interest in analytics, trends, numbers, and data-processing as well as a deep interest in the environment. Biological engineers combine their knowledge in math and science to find solutions for many of the problems facing the world.


A career as a geophysicist requires a well-rounded science background, a curious mind, and a fascination with natural phenomena. Some geophysicists may be an environmental consultant for corporations, advise on the development of landfill sites using geophysical methods, or work at a research institute to study seismological structures and data to local and state government.

Medical Writer

Part of the development process for new drugs and devices is writing documents that explain what they do. It could be in the form of clinical trial studies, marketing applications and legal documents regarding the release of the drug. If a fast-paced environment is what you’re looking for, you could work on recent pharmaceutical developments. The ability to understand and to communicate complex ideas, as well as develop and write proposals, is key to becoming a medical writer.

The Career Development Center at Marywood is eager to help you understand the career options available to you in the degree of your choice. If you’re ready to get started on the path to landing one of these impactful careers, earning a degree from Marywood is an excellent starting point because setting an academic foundation is the first step in finding your passion and realizing your purpose.