Get an overview of specializations in:
Biological, Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Pharmaceutical, Chemical, Physics-Related, Patent Research, Forensic Science, Marine, Environmental, Medical & Behavioral Research, Scientific Consulting, Communications, and Policy
- Learn relevant position titles
- Find job search sites
- Discover top industry employers and career profiles
- American Astronomical Society – click on Career Profiles to get started
- BioForward Wisconsin click on Biohealth Industry
- Career Exploration Series – UW-Madison Office of Postdoctoral Studies
- American Institute of Biological Sciences – Careers in the Biological Sciences
- American Chemical Society – click on College to Career
- American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – click on Career Paths
- American Geophysical Union – Earth and Space Science
- American Physics Institute – click on SPS Jobs and Careers Toolbox
- National Institute for Health: Intramural Research Program – Scientific & Clinical Careers
Identify Skills, Job Functions, Outlook, Salary
ONET OnLine: O*NET OnLine has detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers, and more.
Occupational Outlook Handbook: The OOH can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
CareerOneStop: A source for career exploration, training & jobs. Sponsored by the U.S. Dept. of Labor.
Glassdoor.com: Jobs, Company Reviews, Salaries, Interviews, Know Your Worth.
Build Your Experience & Skills
Search for Internships, Volunteer, Part-time/Full-time jobs.
Explore position requirements and qualifications to find out what skills and experiences you need for jobs of interest.
Handshake: Find opportunities specifically for UW students and recent grads.
Indeed Research: A job search site listing positions at the local and national level.
LinkedIn: part-time and full-time opportunities local and international.
Idealist.org: Non-profit jobs and internships.
Glassdoor: Search by job title or company.
Wisc.jobs: Find jobs in the State of Wisconsin.
BioFoward Wisconsin: See Resources and Career Center.
BioSpace: Search for jobs, news, career advice and other related resources.
c&en Jobs: jobs board for American Chemical Society.
Zintellect: Government and private sector internships, jobs, fellowships and scholarships.
University Research Park Company Profiles – search individual company sites for jobs.
Examples of On Campus Resources
Types of Undergraduate Research – learn the different ways to get experience.
UW-Madison Undergraduate Research Programs – campus introduction.
UW-Madison Student Job Center – search for Science-Tech-Eng-Math positions.
International Internship Program – do research and go aboard.
Wisconsin Discovery Portal – search for specific faculty across campus.
Waisman Center – human development, developmental disabilities, neurodegenerative diseases.
National Science Foundation – Research Experiences for Undergraduates. (REU)
Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) – search departments across UW-Madison.
If you want to use your science and research background and advance in your field, do you need to go to graduate school or receive further training or certification to build specific skills? If yes, what is the right program(s) for you? Does it make sense to do a Ph.D. or a professional master’s program? Talk to your career & internship specialist, your academic advisor, and faculty members to learn more and to find out about different programs, here are a few resources to get you started: The Top PhD Resource on the Web, Science Magazine listing, Gradschools.com, MS in Biotechnology, UW-Madison SMPH
Connect with Professionals
LinkedIn: Build your online presence by developing a profile, search for alumni in your major to learn the different paths you could consider, search for opportunities and more!
Use the Higher Education section to access guides on how to best use LinkedIn.
Badger Bridge: Whether you are fresh off Bascom Hill, a seasoned professional, or still a student, Badger Bridge is for you! Consider this your go-to resource for:
- Seeking alumni connections for professional advice
- Making a career change
- Connecting with alumni in your city or cities across the globe
- Considering relocating
Professional Development, License, Training & Additional Resources
A good way to further explore career interests is by checking out professional associations’ career and education resources. You can also learn about relevant events and conferences to attend, which is a great way to meet people in the field and make connections.
- See resources above in Now Explore and in Graduate School