Careers in science, technology, and engineering offer opportunities to use scientific inquiry, research, data analysis, critical thinking, and programming to solve complex real world problems and drive innovation. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.
 

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This cluster may be for you if:

You have a desire to identify and solve complex real world problems

You are curious, analytical, creative, and resilient

You enjoy critical thinking, scientific inquiry, and collaboration

Careers in science, technology, and engineering are open to students of all backgrounds. If you have preconceptions or doubts that are preventing you from exploring careers in these fields, we encourage you to make an appointment. Let’s dig deeper into these beliefs and engage in a meaningful conversation together.

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Biotechnology/Pharmaceuticals

The fields of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals both involve making products to enhance the human condition. Biotechnology focuses on creating products from living organisms while pharmaceuticals focuses on creating products using artificial sources, including chemicals. These industries are predicted to continue to grow in today’s markets.

Types of Positions

  • Scientific Research Assistant
  • Research Associate
  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Process Development Associate
  • Quality Control Analyst

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Biogen 
  • Merck 
  • Moderna Therapeutics
  • Novartis
  • Pfizer 
  • Sanofi Genzyme 
  • Takeda
  • Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Hiring Timelines

  • 16% received job offers during fall semester of senior year or before
  • 53% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 30% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry-level positions, however people in the industry do obtain graduate degrees as they advance in the field. 

Graduate School

Data Science/Analytics

Data science is a multidisciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms and systems to extract knowledge and insights from structured and unstructured data. Similar to data mining and “big data”, data science is crucial to modern day marketing, with the growth of e-commerce and social media being able to target consumers directly through it. Data science will be crucial for the next wave of marketing and consumer analysis.

Data analytics is the process of examining data sets in order to draw conclusions about the information they contain, increasingly with the aid of specialized systems and software. Data analytics technologies and techniques expand across a multitude of industries (consumer products, healthcare, manufacturing), and enable organizations to make more informed business decisions.

A data analyst is similar to a data scientist, but are often not responsible for creating the algorithms used for data discovery and acquisition. Rather than creating their own data projects, data analysts often find themselves tackling specific business tasks using existing tools, systems, and data sets. Both careers share a common goal: to discover how to use information to answer questions and solve problems for the benefit of their business/industry.

Types of Positions

  • Data Analyst/Scientist
  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Product Analyst  
  • Data Infrastructure
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Quality and Data Governance
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Data Product Manager

Technical Interviews

Technical interviews require candidates to demonstrate a particular skill set or knowledge that relates to the job, such as writing code for a computer programming position. They are commonly used for positions in science, technology, or engineering. You may be asked to solve puzzles or problems, complete a coding challenge, or answer specific targeted questions. Resources on our interviewing page will help you prepare. 

Interviewing

Do I need to go to graduate school?

While there are some entry-level data scientist positions available, you’ll typically need a minimum of a master’s degree in data analytics, data science, computer science, mathematics, or statistics, although some people have degrees in engineering, economics, econometrics, business, operations research, neuroscience, or computational psychology. Some employers require applicants to have a doctorate in one of the aforementioned fields.

Best 23 Schools with Data Science Master's Programs

A graduate degree is not required for most entry-level data analyst positions, however people in the industry do obtain graduate degrees as they advance in the field.

Graduate School

Engineering

The field of engineering primarily deals with the design, manufacture and operation of structures, machines or devices. The engineering industry is comprised of sectors like civil, industrial, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and more. The engineering industry has an enormous potential of creating new jobs within the industry with categories primarily based on designing, manufacturing, installing, repairing, packaging or selling engineering products.

Types of Positions

  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer

Do I need to go to graduate school?

In order to work as an engineer, one must obtain an engineering degree within a specialized area of engineering. BC students interested in pursuing an engineering career should first determine what type of engineering is the best fit and then research the programs for that engineering discipline.

Graduate School

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Environment/Sustainability

The environment and sustainability industry focuses on creating sustainable technology and industrial processes in a way that minimizes negative consequences to the environment. This field is closely related to clean energy and carbon emission reduction. There are a variety of functional roles within this industry from marketing and sales to environmental science and engineering. The field is projected to grow as the demand for environmentally friendly products and services increases.

Types of Positions

General Areas:

  • Waste Management
  • Water/Air Quality Management
  • Environmental Planning and Regulation
  • Conservation
  • Fishery/Wildlife Management
  • Parks/Outdoor Recreation
     

Job Titles: 

  • Botanist
  • Ecologist
  • Energy Consultant
  • Geologist
  • Park Ranger
  • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • AECOM
  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • EBI Consulting
  • Northstar Recycling
  • EnerNOC
  • Triumvirate Environmental
  • VHB

Hiring Timelines

  • 9% received job offers before senior year
  • 9% received job offers during fall semester of senior year
  • 73% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 9% received job offers the summer after senior year
     

Outcomes

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Because environmental services/sustainability incorporates many different types of functional areas, there are a range of types of graduate programs one can consider. An important first step is to determine what your interest area within this career area is—are you focused on climate science? Sustainability? Environmental policy? Environmental law? The graduate program you select should be focused accordingly. Always be sure to research schools of interest to make sure your interests align with the strengths and focus of the program. In some cases and depending on your goals, you may not need a graduate degree to get into the field or you may be able to complete a certificate program.

Graduate School

Law School

Graduate Program Resources:

Research/Academia

Academia is concerned with the pursuit of research, education, and scholarship. Conducting research either independently or for an organization or becoming a professor at an institution is typically the route taken for most pursuing academia.

Do I need to go to graduate school?

While it is possible to get an entry-level job in research without a graduate degree, a graduate degree is key to career advancement. Your graduate degree will be in the field in which you want to focus your teaching and/or research. 

Graduate School

Software Development/Information Technology

Both software development and information technology closely revolve around the development, maintenance, and study of new telecommunications and software. The industry includes software services such as training and documentation, as well as consultation and data recovery. With the ever-increasing reach of the internet, the industry is expected to grow exponentially, especially around cloud-based systems.

Types of Positions

  • Software Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Architect
  • Quality Assurance Engineer

Where BC Graduates Have Gone

  • Amazon
  • Dell
  • DraftKings
  • Google
  • Optum
  • Oracle

Hiring Timelines

  • 46% received job offers during fall semester of senior year or before
  • 40% received job offers during spring semester of senior year
  • 13% received job offers after graduation
     

Outcomes

Technical Interviews

Technical interviews require candidates to demonstrate a particular skill set or knowledge that relates to the job, such as writing code for a computer programming position. They are commonly used for positions in science, technology, or engineering. You may be asked to solve puzzles or problems, complete a coding challenge, or answer specific targeted questions. Resources on our interviewing page will help you prepare. 

Interviewing

Do I need to go to graduate school?

A graduate degree is not required for most entry-level positions, however people in the industry do obtain graduate degrees as they advance in the field. 

Graduate School

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