Career paths are subject to the ebb and flow of the ever-changing world that can be influenced by economic shifts, technological advancements, personal circumstances, or evolving passions. The different pathways to success add more depth, resilience, and richness to our personal and professional lives.

We’ll spend the next few weeks navigating through the various fields of science, technology, engineering, and math with the help of our AWIS members and partners that work in these spaces. Join us on this journey to meet some amazing people and learn about more niche opportunities in and around STEM.

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The career opportunities for scientists and STEM professionals are endless!

(Flip each blue box to learn more about the profession)

Chief Financial Officer

The chief financial officer (CFOs) holds the top financial position in an organization. They are responsible for tracking cash flow and financial planning and analyzing the company’s financial strengths and weaknesses and proposing strategic directions.

Source: NetSuite

Policy Advisor

Policy advisors research and analyze the policies in a specific field. As a policy advisor, your job duties involve reviewing current policies, developing more effective strategies, and communicating these changes to those in charge.

Source: ZipRecruiter

Career Advisor

Career advisors identify student needs for information and advise on career planning, employment, graduate schools, and scholarships. In collaboration with staff, they can create programs, services, and publications to meet those needs.

Source: NACEWEB

Environmental Health and Safety Advisor

An Environmental Health And Safety Director ensures a company's compliance with local, state, and federal environmental, health, and safety regulations. Their main duty is to protect employees, customers, and the environment.

Source: Zippier

Food Microbiologist

A food microbiologist studies samples of foods to look for harmful pathogens, including salmonella, E. coli and listeria. Some food microbiologists study these organisms to better understand how to prevent them from growing in food, while others in this field work on innovations or technologies to better protect food from becoming dangerous for human consumption.

Source: Chron

Food Scientist

Food science draws from many disciplines, including biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. Food scientists study the physical, microbial, and chemical makeup of food to develop the safe, nutritious, and sustainable foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves today.

Source: Institute of Food Technologists

Dusty Robotics

Dusty develops robot-powered tools for the modern construction workforce. Digital automation reduces waste in both labor and material, making the entire design-build-operate lifecycle more efficient and cost-effective.

Source: Dusty Robotics

The Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications

COMAP is an award-winning mathematics education non-profit organization that has worked with educators, students, businesses, and industry to support and create learning environments where mathematics is used to investigate and model real issues in our world.

Source: COMAP

Biopharmaceuticals

Biopharmaceuticals are the point at which biotechnology and pharmaceutical manufacturing meet. Bio-pharma is the application of living organisms or extractions, by-products or components of living organisms, to prevent, relieve, or treat diseases.

Source: TPS

Astrophysics

The field explores topics such as the birth, life and death of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and other objects in the universe.

Source: Space.com

Primary Patent Examiner

A patent examiner is a federal employee who examines patent applications to determine whether or not a patent can be granted for various new inventions, many of which are on the cutting edge of tomorrow's technological breakthroughs.

Source: USPTO

Wearable Technology

Wearable technology, also known as "wearables," is a category of electronic devices that can be worn as accessories, embedded in clothing, implanted in the user's body, or even tattooed on the skin.

Source: Investopedia

Research Specialist

A research development specialist focuses on collating data from different sources, analyzing information, and creating new ideas and developing concepts to support the RD department.

Source: Zippia

Biotechnology

Biotechnology is the use of biology to develop new products, methods and organisms intended to improve human health and society.

Source: TechTarget

Biostatistics

Biostatistics is a branch of statistics that deals with the application of statistical methods to biological and health-related data. It involves designing studies, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting the results to make informed decisions and draw conclusions in various areas of health and medicine.

Source: California State University, East Bay

Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or "regenerating" human cells, tissues, or organs to restore or establish normal function. Regenerative medicine has the possibility to enable scientists to grow new tissues and organs in the laboratory and safely implant them when the body is unable to heal itself.

Source: Association for the Advancement of Blood & Biotherapies

Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineers apply the principles of chemistry, biology, physics, and math to solve problems that involve the use of fuel, drugs, food, and many other products. Chemical engineers and chemists are responsible for the vast majority of products we use every day, from the paint on our walls, to the gas in our cars—to makeup and personal care products.

Source: Carnegie Mellon University

Data Visualization

Data visualization is the representation of data through the use of common graphics, such as charts, plots, infographics, and even animations. These visual displays of information communicate complex data relationships and data-driven insights in a way that is easy to understand.

Source: IBM

Food Scientist

Food science draws from many disciplines, including biology, chemical engineering, and biochemistry. Food scientists study the physical, microbial, and chemical makeup of food to develop the safe, nutritious, and sustainable foods and innovative packaging that line supermarket shelves today.

Source: Institute of Food Technologists