At some point, every child dreams of becoming a scientist when they grow up. But, very few of us actually realize this dream when we’re adults. This is despite the wide variety of career options available within science.
A majority of the jobs in the science industry come from the medical and research fields. If you’re considering a career in science, here are some of the most in-demand jobs that you should look into.
Statisticians are the data collectors and processors of the science industry. They’re responsible for designing experiments and then collecting, studying and interpreting data from said experiments in order to produce conclusive evidence.
Statistics is a versatile profession that can be applied to a wide variety of fields. This opens up your employment options as you could end up in sports, healthcare, public safety and even in environmental science.
It’s worth noting that statistics is quite an ancient profession as well that goes back to the 1700s. The median salary for a statistician is about $84, 000 per year and this specialty is in such high demand that only 0.9% of statisticians are unemployed.
2. Physician Assistant
As a physician assistant, your work is to assist physicians with tasks like helping out in surgery, developing and implementing treatment plans as well as diagnosing patients. The only difference between a PA and an actual doctor is that PA’s can only work under the supervision of a licensed surgeon or physician. Otherwise, they perform nearly all the tasks that a normal doctor would.
In most cases, physician assistants cannot practice to their full potential. For instance, they’re only allowed to prescribe a limited amount of medications to patients. Still, this profession can be very rewarding for someone who wants a foot in the door on the road to becoming a full-fledged physician.
The average annual salary of a physician assistant is $104, 000 and the unemployment rate in this field is very low at 0.8%.
A dentist is a medical professional who practices the science of identifying and treating tooth, gum and mouth illnesses. Some of the responsibilities of a dentist include filling cavities, doing tooth extractions and fitting dentures.
The best part about becoming a dentist is that there’s always room for growth. You can specialize in certain aspects of the profession, such as carrying out oral surgeries, straightening teeth and providing specialized treatment for certain oral problems.
Some of the best qualities that you can have as a dentist include being ethical, sympathetic, honest and a good communicator. This is the best way to attract and retain patients because these qualities will help you establish trust with people from the get-go.
As a dentist, you can expect to earn about $151, 440 a year and the field has a low unemployment rate of just 0.9%.
4. Nurse anesthetist
Nurse anesthetists have a very specific role to play in assisting physicians and surgeons during procedures. This includes administering the right dose of regional or general anesthesia through inhaled gasses or intravenous drugs.
Note that a nurse anesthetist is different from an anesthesiologist. An anesthesiologist is essentially a trained physician that has gone through four years of medical school, followed by a three-year residency and a one-year internship.
On the other hand, a nurse anesthetist will typically have a master’s degree in anesthesiology and a year of experience in critical care. Both nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists follow the same techniques.
Nurse anesthetists offer better value for money because they provide their services for a reasonable price. This doesn’t make their profession any less lucrative because nurse anesthetists make an average of $165, 120 per year and the unemployment rate in this field is very low at only 0.4%.
A pediatrician is often referred to as a children’s doctor because their job is to look after the physical, social and emotional health of children aged 0 to adolescence. Pediatrics is a versatile profession that offers several opportunities for growth. You could specialize in child psychiatry, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, hematology and even oncology, depending on where your passion lies.
Most pediatricians are good with children because they enjoy being around them. Because babies can’t speak and describe their pain, pediatricians have to use other methods to determine the cause of the pain, like monitoring movement and heart rate. That’s why pediatricians must have a fair amount of visual experience.
Good communication skills are also important because you must communicate with both the child who is your patient and their parents to determine the best form of treatment.
Pediatricians earn an average of $172, 650 per year and the profession has a low unemployment rate of 0.5%.