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STEM Professions

Science

Science Careers

Driven to understand how things work and to discover solutions that address the world’s most pressing challenges, Colby students pursue work and research in STEM through diverse industry, nonprofit, government, and university settings.

Whether building expertise in life, physical, and social sciences or developing technical skills in technology and engineering, Colby students go on to contribute creative and innovative solutions in a wide range of manufacturing, service, and research sectors. Students graduate from Colby with the foundation to pursue early career opportunities in biotechnology, environmental science, biomedical research, wildlife biology, and more. 

You can find Colby alumni researching at institutions including Dana Farber, Rockefeller University, Jackson Laboratories, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. They also work for companies such as the Apache Corporation, Eli Lilly & Company, Ramboll, and Lumen Biosciences or for government organizations including the EPA, NOAA, and the NIH.

Sample Career Pathways

Environmental Engineer

Environmental Engineer:

Engineers focus on coordinating site inspections, assessments, and remediation in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies. Environmental scientists or engineers often design and execute compliance programs for infrastructure projects or industrial sites at risk of contamination. In addition to some fieldwork, environmental engineers evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the technical data that supports remediation, site closure, or client advocacy to relevant regulatory agencies.  

Biotech/Pharmaceutical Scientist

Biotech/Pharmaceutical Scientist:

Lab scientists perform testing, manufacture and produce samples with attention to quality assurance, quality control, and validation. They often perform, evaluate, and refine manufacturing processes as well as develop manufacturing protocols and procedures. They also ensure that clients receive accurate and trustworthy data by reviewing laboratory data and that they are in compliance with health and safety regulations.

Wildlife Biologist

Wildlife Biologist:

Wildlife biologists investigate wildlife and how they interact with their ecosystems. Some biologists in the field are habitat specialists, working in zoos, animal parks, or wildlife parks. A doctoral degree is necessary to lead independent research and for most university research positions. Students who wish to practice independent wildlife rehabilitation for federal, state, or tribal fish and wildlife agencies must earn a degree in veterinary science.  

Geoscientist

Geoscientist:

Geoscientists plan and carry out studies where they collect field data, gather site samples, examine geological structures, conduct experiments and studies, and produce a comprehensive report for clients. While some geoscientists search for or develop natural resources, others focus on environmental preservation.

Advice

  • Engage professors, advisors, industry professionals, and alumni in conversations about your interests and goals. 
  • Build technical, experimental, and instrumentation skills and interpersonal competencies through laboratory courses, internships, and research. 
  • Pursue internships in diverse sectors, such as manufacturing, service, and research. Explore the many settings where your interests, skills, and values may align.
  • Gain experience working in teams in order to develop relevant interpersonal skills, such as communication, adaptability, and social responsibility. 

Recruiting timelines for STEM roles vary; learn more about recruiting timelines on our job search page. 

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