Career Pathways

Science & Tech

Industry overview

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers cater to those who often like to work independently and solve abstract problems. Opportunities can vary from data analysis to biotechnology. Explore these websites to learn which specific career in the STEM field may be for you

My next move
Bureau of Labor Statistics
My Individual Development Plan
American Association for the Advancement of Science

The Vault Guides offer a sample of careers in science and technology. Each guide gives, among other valuable information, an overview of the job and entry-level requirements. You’ll notice that some jobs may overlap with a variety of majors or industries. Access The Vault to learn more.

  • Agricultural engineers
  • Aerospace engineers
  • Architects
  • Astronomers
  • Biologist
  • Biochemists
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Biostatisticians
  • Chemists
  • Chemical engineers
  • Computer programmers/developers
  • Construction managers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Environmental protection specialists
  • Fire prevention specialists
  • Foresters
  • Geologists
  • Hydrologists
  • Marine Scientists
  • Nuclear Monitoring Technicians
  • Physicists
  • Soil and water conservationist
  • Statistician
  • Transportation planner
  • Wastewater engineering
  • Wildlife biologist

Preparing for a career

Practical, hands-on, experience is an important component of a successful career in a STEM field. There are many ways to gain experience outside of a traditional internship.

Our STEM advising team maintains a list of Summer Science Opportunities that you can search to find the best fit! You will also find information on how to prepare for your search, networking 101, and more.


Scientific research accounts for about 90 percent of the jobs in the research industry. Participating in research will help contribute to your career development such as resume/cv building and professional networking. The Office of Research and Innovation maintains a list of VCU research opportunities.

Leadership/Student organization involvement

Joining organizations relevant to your industry is a sure way to gain more insight and knowledge in your relative field. Check out RamsConnect to explore on-campus organizations.

Here are a few that may be of interest:

American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Undergraduate Affiliate Network

Chemistry Graduate Student Organization (CGSO)

Exercise Science Club at VCU (ESC @ VCU)

Mathematical Sciences Club (Math Club)

Join a professional association

Joining a professional association opens doors to numerous opportunities. Professional associations allow you to connect with experienced professionals who can help you explore career options, alert you to internship or job opportunities and provide insight into current industry trends and practices. Many professional associations offer reduced or discounted membership fees to students.

Virginia Bio
Sigma Xi – Scientific Research Society
The American Institute of Biological Science
Society for Mathematical Biology
Biotechnology Industry Organization
The American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Society for Conservation Biology
National Association of Environmental Professionals
Association for Women in Science
American Society for Microbiology


Develop practical skills

Practical skills are an essential part of positioning yourself as a highly-sought-after candidate. VCU has a partnership with to provide free skills training. Consider taking some of these recommended courses as a part of your training.

Access VCU’s Lynda portal with your eID and password

  • AutoCAD
  • MySQL
  • SPSS
  • 3D printing
  • Autodesk
  • Linux
  • Mobile app development
  • Web development
  • 3D drawing
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Excel

Applying and interviewing

Resumes and cover letters
Letters of recommendation

Opportunity search resources

Scholarships, fellowships, and funding 

Diversity in STEM
Sloan Fellowship
Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education

Jobs and internships

National Institutes of Health
People Solutions
Math Internships
Aerotek Scientific
Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services
Homeland Security Summer Internship Program
Field Studies Internships
Food and Drug Administration
CIA jobs and internships
ResearchGate job board
Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program

Meet with an Advisor

To schedule an appointment with a Science & Technology advisor, call (804) 828-1645 or log into your Handshake account.

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