For Science Graduates: What Are Today's Most Fertile Disciplines?

Experts say opportunity is richest in areas where diverse fields of study intersect and where new tools thrive Given today's dismal economic climate, new science graduates aiming to gain a foothold on a professional career in research can expect to face a tougher challenge than did their counterparts in previous years. For a lot of them, according to working scientists and others interviewed for this article, the problems will be twofold: They must contend, of course, with the limited job poo

Marcia Clemmitt
Jun 7, 1992
Experts say opportunity is richest in areas where diverse fields of study intersect and where new tools thrive
Given today's dismal economic climate, new science graduates aiming to gain a foothold on a professional career in research can expect to face a tougher challenge than did their counterparts in previous years.

For a lot of them, according to working scientists and others interviewed for this article, the problems will be twofold: They must contend, of course, with the limited job pool resulting from the depressed economy; and, ironically, the rapid pace of scientific change that characterizes much of today's scientific activity will make it more difficult for them to identify the most attractive career paths.

The pace of innovation, working scientists point out, defies young researchers to discern the areas of their disciplines that will be most active, exciting, financially rewarding, and stable in, say, two or three years.

However,...

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