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Industry: Science, Research, and Development

Are you interested in developing new innovative ways to advance scientific intelligence by applying your technical and analytical skills? Careers in science, research and development provide opportunities for scientific inquiry, conducting research, and developing new processes, products and technologies to solve complex real world problems and drive innovation. We invite you to explore this industries to determine if it is a good fit for you and utilize our resources to launch your job, internship, or graduate school search.

Make an Appointment with a Career Coach

Step One: Log into your Handshake account

Step Two: Click on Career Center in the top right, Appointments, and then Schedule a New Appointment

Step Three: Choose one of the following Appointment Categories: Resume/CV Review, Industry Research/Finding Experience, Graduation Professional School, Job Search

Step Four: Choose one of the following industries: Agriculture and Environmental Sciences OR Engineering

Step Five: Choose the appointment time and date that work for you!

Example Career Paths and Job Titles 

Computer Software Engineer

Biological Technician

Medical Scientist

Chemist

Mechanical Engineer

Electrical Engineer

Industrial Engineer

Natural Science Managers

Research Assistant

Lab Technician

 

Career Resources

Use this section to learn about student organizations you can join at UT to learn more about your desired industry, network with professionals and peers with similar interests, and build transferable skills.

Student Organizations

Research
If you are considering a Masters or PhD, gaining research experience is very important (possibly even critical) for graduate school admissions. Explore the following resources for ideas on how and where to get started.

For specific research opportunities, students are encouraged to reach out to faculty directly by browsing the department websites to learn about research areas and sending a direct email to the faculty member. Students should make sure their email is professional and may want to consider attaching a resume.

Professional Organizations can be helpful in exploring more about certain sub-industries within Science, Research and Development, finding job opportunities, and connecting with professionals in your area of interest. Many have their own job search boards along with a way to sign up for job alerts. You can view a list of Professional Organizations associated with your area/major on What Can I Do With This Major. Below are a few examples of some professional organizations:

Check out these sites in addition to our Handshake feed on the right.

Use this section to search specific job and internship boards for this industry.

 

Graduate School Application Resources

Many graduate school resources can be found on our Prepare for Graduate School website, including deciding on graduate school, resumes, letters of recommendation, and admissions essays/personal statements. Graduate School Applications take time and will require roughly 6-9 months of preparation.

The key to applying to a graduate program within Science, Research and Development will be exploring each school and program’s process for obtaining a faculty mentor. You will likely need to research faculty associated with the program of interests and contact them to inquire about research opportunities and faculty mentorship. Below are some links you may find helpful:

Current Graduate Student Resources

Graduate students at the University of Tennessee have access to all of the resources offered by the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration. Please see the “Make an Appointment with Your Career Coach” section above to explore all your professional development options.

Many international student resources can be found on our International Students website.

International students at the University of Tennessee have access to all of the resources offered by the Center for Career Development and Academic Exploration. Please see the “Make an Appointment with Your Career Coach” section above to explore all your professional development options.

Use this section to search specific job and internship information and resources for international students.