Overview

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—whether it be working as a software engineer, data scientist, biochemist, or beyond. 

Our industry-focused cluster will provide you with knowledge and resources to pursue a career in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, environmental scienceengineering, software development, information technology, data science, academia, research, or more. Within this cluster you will find a specialized career coach as well as a community of peers, alumni, faculty, and staff to support you on your journey. 

As a Boston College student you are already gaining the skills most sought after by employers in these industries, regardless of your major—including critical thinking, teamwork, digital technology, and more. We invite you to explore this cluster to determine if it is a good fit for you and leverage our services to prepare and act on your interests.

 

 

 

 

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A specialized career coach is available throughout the year to meet with you individually about any aspect of your career journey—from exploring career opportunities, to researching graduate programs, to launching a job/internship search.

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Kayla Pelland

Kayla Pelland

Kayla is the head coach for the science, technology, and engineering career cluster. She holds a bachelor's degree in biology from UMass Amherst and a Master of Education degree from UMass Lowell. Prior to Boston College, she worked in academic and career advising in the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. 

 

Where Boston College Graduates Have Landed

17%

of 2018 graduates who are in graduate school are pursuing a degree in a STEM field

6%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in computer software

2%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in scientific research

2%

of 2018 graduates who are employed are working in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals

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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 Land

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

70%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

10%

received job offers during the summer after their senior year

20%

received job offers during the fall after their senior year

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

Environmental/Sustainability

The focus of this industry is to create 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. The field projects to grow as the demand for environmentally friendly products and services increases.

Types of Positions

  • Wide range of functional roles from marketing and sales to environmental science and engineering. 
  • General areas
    • Waste Management
    • Water/Air Quality Management
    • Environmental Planning And Regulation,
    • Conservation
    • Fishery/Wildlife Management
    • Parks/Outdoor Recreation
  • Job Titles: 
    • Botanists
    • Ecologists
    • Energy Consultants
    • Geologists
    • Park Rangers
    • Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts

Where BC Graduates Land

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

75%

received job offers during spring semester of senior year

25%

received job offers during the summer after their senior year

Do I need to go to graduate school?

Because environmental/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

Engineering

The field of engineering primarily deals with the design, manufacture and operation of structures, machines or devices. Engineering industry primarily comprise of sectors like civil, industrial, mechanical, electrical, chemical, and more. The rngineering 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

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Where BC Graduates Land

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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 (see resources below) and then research the programs for that engineering discipline:

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 Land

  • Amazon
  • Dell
  • DraftKings
  • Google
  • Optum / UnitedHealth Group
  • Oracle
  • Wayfair

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

Data science is a multi-disciplinary 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.

Types of Positions

  • Data Infrastructure
  • Data Engineering
  • Data Quality and Data Governance
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Data-Product Product Manager

Where BC Graduates Land

  • N/A

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. 

Best 23 Schools with Data Science Master's Programs

Graduate School

 

Academia/Research

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.

Types of Positions

  • N/A

Where BC Graduates Land

  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • Boston Children’s Hospital 
  • Boston University
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Broad Institute 
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Harvard University
  • Massachusetts General Hospital 
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Northeastern University
  • Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research

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

 

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