Science Jobs

Over sixty years ago, three inventions that would revolutionize our lives were made. In 1958, scientists at Texas Instruments and Fairchild Semiconductors built the first integrated circuit that would become the precursor of silicon chips, used in virtually every modern-day computer. At Cambridge, meanwhile, James Watson and Francis Crick discovered the structure of the DNA double helix, unlocking the mechanism of heredity and opening exciting prospects in molecular biology, genomics, and synthetic biology. Finally, the 1950s saw the launch of Sputnik, revolutionizing fields like physics and computer sciences, offering us a new perspective on our planet, and providing a chance to possibly reach others in our solar system.

In addition to these three exciting scientific developments, many men and women throughout the past two centuries have been working in science jobs to understand how our world works and to use this understanding to improve our lives. Science has many definitions; one of them being to guide our knowledge and progress. In the 21st century, it has become the very foundation our culture and an integral part of our society. Over the next 50 years, scientific knowledge will take unprecedented leaps, driven by the men and women working to advance our scientific understanding and to bring the fruits of this understanding into our everyday lives through science jobs ranging from particle physics to rehabilitative medicine. From new and exciting biological applications that will revolutionize health-care to information technology-driven innovation, both in electronics and in entirely new modalities of data organization and social interactions, scientists will continue to define the next century.

Science jobs that will be making an impact in the next several decades or even the next century include biologists, health-care workers, chemists, physicists, meteorologists, mathematicians, engineers, and computer scientists. In all these fields, significant contributions will be made to the way we live in the 21st century.

Over the past hundred years, a combination of discoveries has allowed us to start a sophisticated battle against the diseases that affect people over the course of their lives. New technologies in researching disease pathways, developing new and improved treatments, and delivering them to patients will continue to create science jobs across the many subfields of biology and in the healthcare professions. Since the Industrial Revolution and the invention of the printing press, the ways we live, work, and communicate have been changing. The demand for all kinds of consumer products and electronic devices, as well as the shift in communication and information-sharing to the Internet, will generate science jobs for those with training in chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. Finally, as we develop a clearer understanding of our impact, as well as dependence on our planet, scientists working in fields such as ecology, agriculture, and meteorology will play invaluable roles in making sure that our lifestyles on this planet are sustainable.

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