Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

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+ Aerospace Engineering and Operations Technicians
+ Aerospace Engineers Job Description
Since the Wright Brother’s inaugural flight at Kitty Hawk in 1903, aircraft have come a long way. Aeronautical engineers work on aircraft which operate within the Earth’s atmosphere, while Astronautical engineers deal with aircraft which operate outside the Earth’s atmosphere. The people who design, develop and air and space craft may be experts in a variety of disciplines, including aerodynamics, propulsion, thermodynamics, structures, acoustics, or guidance and control systems view more

+ Agricultural Engineers Job Description
Developing a flood control system for a community threatened by a river… Designing a farm of the future for a major corporation… Supervising production of new strains of plants … These are just some of the varied jobs an agricultural engineer might do. This is a lifetime career, for which you must train at an engineering school or college department. If you decide to go into research and development, you might go on for a master’s degree, or PhD view more

+ Anthropologists and Archeologists Job Description
Anthropologists and archaeologists are explorers of human culture. Their work is closely connected. Both careers focus on the way people live together. Anthropologists study the origin of humans, and their physical, social and cultural development. They are concerned with how the past relates to the present. They also conduct research by going to locations to ask questions, and make observations view more

+ Archaeologists Job Description
Finding and uncovering clues explaining the history of mankind. That’s the intriguing work of Archaeologists. The ruins of buildings, tools, pottery and other objects hold the answers to how people lived in the past. Archaeologists are the social scientists who study these objects to discover their significance. Many archaeologists specialize in a particular region of the world. They may travel to remote areas and live among the people they study view more

+ Astronomers Job Description
Space may be the final frontier, but it’s been studied since the dawn of civilization. And while early man could only stargaze with unaided eyes, astronomers today use extremely sophisticated equipment to examine the universe. From giant telescopes here on the earth…to unmanned probes traveling millions of miles into deep space…information is collected and interpreted. Often with the use of computers view more

+ Atmospheric and Space Scientists Job Description
It’s been said that everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it. Atmospheric or Space Scientists, often called Meteorologists, are trying to change that. By studying the elements that affect weather, their work can save lives...and property. The scientists gather and analyze data from on, and above, the earth’s surface. Using computer models, they develop forecasts for upcoming weather view more

+ Biochemists and Biophysicists Job Description
From huge animals… …to tiny plants, all living things are made up of cells. And each cell contains a microscopic universe of wonders. Biochemists and Biophysicists are scientists who specialize in living cells and organisms. They study the chemicals, the structure, the actions and reactions of the building blocks of life. Their work is used for a wide range of purposes, from finding new treatments for illness, to more nourishing food, as well as an increased understanding of how we think, feel, grow and change! To do this research, biochemists and biophysicists use complex equipment, and extensive knowledge gained in college and graduate school view more

+ Biological Technicians Job Description
Scientific applications in the biological and agricultural industries have enabled our country to become one of the largest food and medicine producers in the world. Much of this research occurs in scientific laboratories where biological, agricultural and food technicians are employed. Biological, agricultural and food Technicians set up, operate and maintain laboratory instruments, monitor experiments, make observations, calculate and record results view more

+ Biologists Job Description
If you enjoy developing scientific theories and devising tests to prove them, a career as a biological scientist could prove challenging and rewarding. Biological scientists study living organisms. They specialize in a particular area of biology, such as the study of animals: zoology, or the study of tiny organisms: microbiology. Their research can lead to improvements in medicines and the environment view more

+ Biomedical Engineers Job Description
Biomedical Engineers are people who develop technologies that help save lives. They combine biology and medicine with engineering and mechanics. It’s a combination that leads to amazing results. Imaging systems that allow doctors to “see” inside a patient’s organs. Artificial limbs, organs and joints. Lasers for surgery. Devices for automating insulin injections; all are the work of biomedical engineers view more

+ Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers
The world of cameras and photography is becoming increasingly complex. What once was a simple mechanical matter of allowing light to enter a box and engrave an image… now can involve complex electronics and computer chips. So camera and photographic equipment repairers need very specific knowledge and training. Career schools offer classes in subjects like computer or film technology. Manufacturers and retailers offer on-the-job training view more

+ Chemical Engineers Job Description
From the foods we eat, to our clothes, furniture and automobiles, chemicals play a large role in our lives. Chemical engineers convert scientific discoveries into marketable products. Chemical engineers are involved in many aspects of; chemical production, research and design, as well as, in the construction and operation of industrial plants. They conduct research to develop new manufacturing processes, analyze operating procedures, equipment and machinery functions and make recommendations for reducing processing time and cost view more

+ Chemical Technicians Job Description
If you’re fascinated by the intricate science of chemistry, you may want to consider a career as a Chemical Technician. Chemical Technicians work in laboratories and manufacturing facilities. They work with-scientists to study various substances, with applications ranging from a new product development…to a major medical breakthrough. Some collect and analyze air and water samples to monitor pollution levels view more

+ Chemists Job Description
Chemicals make up our world. Some are natural. Some are made by humans—synthetic. But each chemical has its own particular way of behaving under changing conditions such as heat, exposure to light, and combination with other substances. Chemists study how chemicals affect each other, and how they interact with the environment. Usually they specialize in a particular kind of chemistry. They use their knowledge to contribute to many different fields, from energy development to medicine and food processing view more

+ Civil Engineering Technicians Job Description
Some people look at a bridge as a way to get from here to there… Civil Engineering Technicians look at the bridge as a series of challenges that have been solved. Where should it be built? How much will it cost? Those are just some of the questions Technicians answer about all kinds of public construction projects – from bridges to tunnels, highways to sewers. They start with math and science courses in high school – and move on to engineering technology programs view more

+ Civil Engineers Job Description
Civil engineers build things. Things like roads, bridges, tunnels, dams, and airports. They combine a knowledge of materials science, engineering, economics, physics, geology, and hydraulics to create the physical infrastructure essential to modern life. Naturally, there are numerous sub-specialties. Surveying and mapping engineers identify the best sites for construction. Hydraulic and irrigation engineers focus on dams, flood control, wells, and reservoirs view more

+ Computer Hardware Engineers Job Description
Years ago, the keyword for new college graduates was steel. Years later, the hot industry was plastics. Today, it is computers. Computer engineers design new computers and computer-related devices. They have a detailed understanding of microprocessors, computer chips, and other components, which they apply to designing circuit boards, scanners, printers, monitors, hard disk drives, and many other computer devices or add-ons view more

+ Drafters Job Description
A drafter “draws” the plans that specify how something should be constructed. Engineers and architects may develop the grand design of a machine, building, or circuit board, but the drafter is the one who does the “heavy lifting” of filling in the specific details -— without which nothing could be built. The work of drafters is all around you. Your computer, your telephone, and your TV exist because a drafter at some company created a set of plans specifying how it should be built view more

+ Economists Job Description
It’s been said that money makes the world go round. The people who study just how and why that happens, are economists. Because the global economy is the financial lifeblood of all the world’s people, economics—the study of the economy—is of vital importance. The growing complexity of the global economy, competition and increased reliance on quantitative analysis of business and political trends, all demonstrate the need for economists view more

+ Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers Job Description
When an appliance in your household breaks down…you want someone to fix it in a hurry. That’s why Electric Home Appliance and Power Tool Repairers are a welcome sight. These service technicians are sometimes trained by a store or manufacturer to handle particular brands of appliances or tools. Bench technicians do repairs in repair shops, factories and service centers. Field technicians dispatched to homes and businesses view more

+ Electrical and Electronic Drafters Job Description
From toys…to skyscrapers, wiring and circuitry are the technological nervous systems of our modern world. Electrical and Electronic Drafters are the people who transform the ideas of design engineers into detailed technical drawings. Drafters may work alone or in teams. Many specialize by industry. Electrical drafters prepare wiring and layout diagrams. These plans guide workers who install and repair electrical equipment, and wire buildings view more

+ Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technicians Job Description
Technology evolves at such a rapid pace that keeping up with the latest products can be a challenge…especially for Electrical or Electronic Technician. They help design, develop, test and manufacture electrical and electronic equipment such as radios, radar, sonar, television, industrial and medical devices, navigational equipment, and computers. Technicians may also work in product evaluation and testing, where they use measuring or diagnostic devices to adjust, test and repair equipment view more

+ Electrical Engineers Job Description
Centuries ago, the world was powered by streams and waterwheels. The water flowed, the wheels rotated, and the belts attached to them turned lathes, saws, and other machines. Today, the world is powered by electricity, and electrical and electronic engineers or “E-E’s” are in the thick of it. These professionals design the systems that control the flow of electrons instead of the flow of water. But many of the concepts are the same view more

+ Environmental Engineering Technicians Job Description
Pollution is a major problem in today’s world. But we can breathe a little easier if Environmental Engineering Technicians are on the job. Working with environmental engineers and scientists, these technicians test the air, water and soil for pollution. This involves setting up and monitoring sophisticated equipment. If findings indicate that pollution levels need to be further investigated, these technicians become environmental detectives view more

+ Environmental Engineers Job Description
Just about everything we do has an impact on the environment. Measuring that impact is the job of environmental engineers. They apply their engineering skills to assess the effect of projected or actual human activity from the use of off-road recreational vehicles…to housing developments. They also work to manage natural resources, and control pollution. They are also involved in recycling, waste disposal and public health issues view more

+ Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health Job Description
There is a price any society pays for progress. Often, that price is measured in damage to our environment or the public health. Environmental Scientists and Specialists, including health specialists, try to stop the damage. These specialists investigate what’s causing the pollution or health hazard. They may perform laboratory and field tests to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution view more

+ Film Laboratory Technician Job Description
Before motion picture footage can be edited into a film, it has to be processed, prepped, transferred and digitized into an editing system. Film laboratory technicians process and prep the film for that transfer. These workers are involved in many tasks in a film processing facility, and may specialize. While it helps to have a discerning eye, some lab techs rely more on their sense of touch -- working comfortably and accurately in complete darkness! In order to show you this, we're simulating the procedures with the lights on view more

+ Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers Job Description
One of the most important parts of a building is something you don’t see. It’s ability to resist a fire.Before construction on a building begins, Fire-Prevention and Protection Engineers are called in. They’re experts in what causes fires, how they spread and how they can be put out quickly. By understanding how fire moves - they can help build-in fire resistance. While some engineers may have gained first-hand experience in fighting fires – it’s required that all engineers take courses in college or vocational school to become certified in this field view more

+ Food Scientists and Technologists Job Description
Most of us take the safety of the food we eat—and its availability--for granted. Yet many visitors to America marvel at the variety and abundance on display in our grocery stores. Making sure that the food supply is steady and safe is the work of agriculture and food scientists. They are involved in just about every aspect of America’s diet. From the farm…to the processing plant…to the packagers…to the table, scientists work to make what’s good even better view more

+ Health and Safety Engineers, Except Mining Safety Engineers
There are occupational hazards in many jobs: Working with machinery, chemicals, toxins, or in places that are high above, or below ground can be especially dangerous. Employers are required by law to not only provide the safest workplace possible, but to properly train employees to handle on-the-job hazards responsibly. Health and safety engineers help companies understand and comply with safety laws including fire safety and prevention view more

+ Hydrologists Job Description
Water is one of our most precious resources. Hydrologists help protect that resource. Hydro means water. Ologist means one who studies. So Hydrologists are scientists who study the water in our environment. They use sophisticated techniques and equipment to monitor changes in water cycles. They study precipitation, its movements through the earth, and its return to the ocean and the atmosphere view more

+ Industrial Engineers Job Description
Finding the most effective way to produce a product or service is the job of an Industrial Engineer. They are the bridge between management goals and operational performance. They solve problems by combining production resources: people, machines, materials, information and energy. They use mathematical techniques, expert computer systems, cost analysis, financial planning, quality control and complex distribution plans to improve profits view more

+ Industrial Safety and Health Engineers Job Description
Many jobs carry an element of risk. Through the years, however, the United States has tried to make even the most dangerous places to work as safe as possible. Industrial Safety and Health Engineers are responsible for making sure workplaces meet the requirements of laws designed to protect people. They promote worksite or product safety and health by applying knowledge of industrial processes, as well as mechanical, chemical and psychological principles view more

+ Marine Engineers and Naval Architects Job Description
Whether it’s a motorboat… ....or a cruise ship… Someone has to design it…and figure out how to make it move. Naval Architects work on the basic design – and oversee construction. From the shape of the hull to the size of the captain’s bridge…they consider every aspect of the way a ship will look, and perform. To do this, they work closely with… …Marine Engineers. Because the engineers develop, inspect, and help operate the systems for propelling the ship safely and efficiently view more

+ Materials Engineers Job Description
From lightweight metal bike frames… to ceramic tile on the space shuttle… innovations to make products last longer and work better are due in large part to the work of materials engineers. Often called a "materials person" in the industry, this inventor plays a key role in the manufacture of any product. Presented with a plan for the item, he or she explores how to make it in the lab. Sometimes this involves creating a new material by manipulating the atomic and molecular structures of substances view more

+ Mechanical Drafters Job Description
Mechanical Drafters draw for a living. But they create a different kind of picture than the typical artist. Before intricate equipment like cars or factory machines are built, Mechanical Drafters design objects and make blueprints showing how the equipment will be manufactured and assembled. As part of the process, they may use a computer-aided design and drafting system. Called CADD, these highly specialized computers systems help create guidelines showing technical details from every angle view more

+ Mechanical Engineering Technicians Job Description
Mechanical engineering technicians assist Mechanical engineers in designing, developing, testing and manufacturing machinery, parts and other mechanical equipment. They troubleshoot design problems, compile flow charts, prepare drawings, take accurate measurements, lay out production lines, perform quality control testing, analyze data and write reports. Advancing from simpler, routine duties under close supervision, they go on to more difficult jobs and general supervision view more

+ Mechanical Engineers Job Description
Mechanical engineers know about machines. They design engines, robots, and generators. But they also design everyday items like kitchen appliances and power tools. Indeed -- whatever the device -- if it’s got moving parts, mechanical engineers were almost certainly involved its creation. That’s because this is the broadest of all engineering disciplines. Some mechanical engineers, for example, do the research needed to create a product view more

+ Medical Equipment Repairers Job Description
Some of the most dramatic advances in medicine have been in the technology used to diagnose and treat patients. From large X-ray units…to small patient monitors, the job of installing and maintaining this equipment is the responsibility of Medical Equipment Repairers. The equipment repaired runs the gamut from electric wheelchairs, mechanical lifts, hospital beds and customized vehicles to biomedical equipment, hearing aids and surgical instruments view more

+ Microbiologists Job Description
Microbiologists explore a world invisible to the naked eye -- but which has a significant impact on our health and well-being. These scientists study organisms and cells that we can see only through a microscope. The universe of micro-organisms is so vast, microbiologists have many areas of specialization to choose from. Some become disease detectives such as virologists, who focus on how viruses evolve, often studying newly identified strains in search of a cure view more

+ Nuclear Engineers Job Description
Tremendous energy Is trapped in the nucleus of a tiny atom. Harnessing that energy is the work of nuclear engineers. They search for efficient ways to capture the bursts of energy from a disintegrating atom, and put it to use. Nuclear engineers can be found developing numerous applications for nuclear energy… including power plants for consumer heat and electricity… methods for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, preservation of food supplies, or sterilization of medical instruments… and systems to power ships and spacecraft… Nuclear engineers also make sure the atom’s awesome power is used safely and that nuclear waste is disposed of safely view more

+ Nuclear Technicians Job Description
Nuclear technology is a new field, but it already has a wide range of applications. So Nuclear technicians work in a variety of places, for the military…the government…public utilities…private companies…universities and hospitals. Some have four year science and math degrees, others have two years of specialized training, earning an associates degree in applied science. On the job, nuclear technicians operate nuclear test and research equipment, monitor radiation, or assist nuclear engineers and physicists in research view more

+ Paleontologist Job Description
Mention "paleontologist," and most people think "dinosaurs!" While their field of study certainly includes these extinct giants…paleontologists also focus on the microscopic organisms that shared the dinosaur's world. Paleontologists study fossils of animals and plants to learn what the earth was like long ago -- and what it may be like in the distant future. That's because these rock-embedded prehistoric remains help to document the evolution of life… how living things adapted to change…or died out view more

+ Petroleum Engineers Job Description
The world’s demand for oil and natural gas is unceasing. To find new supplies of these vital resources, we depend on petroleum engineers. They search the world for reservoirs containing oil or natural gas, and work with geologists and other specialists to extract it. This is not a simple matter of plunging a drill into the ground. First, the team develops a map of the underground, and devises a drilling method, designing equipment and processes for that particular target—whether it be under a mountain, under a desert, or under the ocean view more

+ Product Safety Engineers Job Description
No product should have hidden dangers. That’s where Product Safety Engineers come in. They protect the public by making sure that manufactured goods…when used properly…are safe. It’s the job of the Safety Engineer to test products before they ever leave the factory. They also investigate the causes of accidents, injuries or illnesses that result from product usage. They look for shortcomings that could cause injury…or even death view more

+ Robotics Technician Job Description
Robots are no longer found only in science fiction. Today, Robotics is used in most industries to perform precise repetitive tasks, handle materials, offer simple services, and even provide theme park entertainment. Robotics technicians install, maintain, operate and repair robots and manufacturing environments and they also assist engineers and scientists in research and development. A robotics technician needs manual dexterity, a talent for problem solving, familiarity with computers and knowledge of electronics view more

+ Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics
They keep refrigerators humming—and space labs in the sky. People who work in scientific, engineering and technical services have a wide range of training and education. Yet they share a common talent for problem solving. The challenge might be choosing the right tools to cut a gemstone. Figuring out why a cash register is jammed. Or developing new ways of refining chemicals, or packaging food view more

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