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What Science Careers Could You Pursue?

Employment in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations continues to grow nationally by 10.5 percent, or 817,260 jobs, between May 2009 and May 2015, compared with 5.2 percent net growth in non-STEM occupations. Computer occupations were among the types of STEM occupations with the highest job gains. Employment in computer occupations was nearly 3.2 million in May 2009 and nearly 3.9 million in May 2015.

With the knowledge and skills you can acquire by earning one of the degrees in the College of Sciences, you could go into a number of varied and exciting STEM careers. This list of job titles is just a sample, compiled from government jobs data such as the Occupational Outlook Handbook from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Career Paths

Biology and Environmental Science

This career field is growing. Employment of biological technicians, for instance, is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations. The job outlook for environmental scientists is also excellent. Employment is projected to grow 15% from 2012 to 2022, which is faster than the average for all occupations.

  • Wildlife biologist
  • Biological Technician
  • Forensic science technician
  • High school teacher
  • Microbiologist
  • Clinical lab technician
  • Dietitian
  • Nutritionist
  • Environmental scientist
  • Natural sciences manager
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Health educator
  • Clinical researcher
  • Plant breeder
  • Animal research associate
  • Food scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Geographer
  • Geoscientist
  • Conservation scientist
  • Cartographer
  • Photogrammetrist
  • GIS analyst
  • Urban planner

Chemistry

Overall employment of chemists and materials scientists is projected to grow 4 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Job growth for forensic science technicians is expected to grow 14 percent between 2018 and 2028, much faster than average.

  • Chemist
  • Chemical technician
  • Forensic science technician
  • High school teacher
  • Food scientist
  • Agricultural scientist
  • Chemical plant operator
  • Environmental scientist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Materials scientist
  • Geochemist
  • Water chemist
  • Hazardous waste chemist
  • Food and flavor chemist
  • Industrial manager
  • Environmental protection
  • Manufacturing sales representative

Computer Science

Employment of mathematical science occupations is projected to grow 27.9 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in about 50,400 new jobs.

  • Computer programmer
  • Research analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Computer network architect
  • Computer systems analysts
  • Database administrator
  • Information security analyst
  • Network and computer systems administrator
  • Software developer
  • Computer and information systems manager
  • Cybersecurity consultant

Mathematics

Employment of mathematical science occupations is projected to grow 27.9 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations, resulting in about 50,400 new jobs.

  • Mathematician
  • Statistician
  • High school teacher
  • Research analyst
  • Operations research analyst
  • Actuary

Psychology

Many job fields in this area of study are growing. Jobs for health educators, for instance, are expected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028. Jobs for market research analysts are expected to grow 20 percent in the same timeframe.

  • Administrative service manager
  • Community service manager
  • Human factors specialist
  • Management analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Health educator
  • Sales manager
  • Sales representative
  • Guidance counselor
  • Career advisor
  • Human services professional
  • High school teacher
  • Victim advocate
  • Human resources specialist
  • Case manager
  • Substance abuse counselor
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Alumni

The Psychology Department is very proud of our alumni. As such, the department highlights those alumni that keep in touch. Career opportunities that are passed on to the department will also be highlighted here as they become available.

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Psychology

Undergraduate Alumni

Fae Fredrick earned her Bachelor of Science degree in 2011. During her time within the Psychology department, Fae was involved in multiple research labs where she conducted her own experiment, served as president of the psychology club, and graduated with the Summa Cum Laude honor. Since her time at AUM, Fae has gone on to earn her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College and is currently working to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Oklahoma State University.

Donna McLendon earned her Bachelors of Science in 2011. During her time at AUM, Donna was involved within the Social Cognition research lab under Dr. Clarissa Arms-Chavez and presented her research as a regional conference.

Graduate Alumni

James Bishop earned his Masters within our graduate program. He is currently working as a psychometrist for Georgia Pediatric Psychology and also works part time for Atlanta Neuro Center.

Brandi Chaffin earned both her Bachelors of Science degree as a psychology major (2011) and her Masters in Psychology (2015). As an undergraduate at AUM, Brandi was involved within the Social Cognition research lab under Dr. Clarissa Arms-Chavez and presented her research as a regional conference. Her research also earned second place at the AUM Undergraduate Research Conference. During her time within our graduate program, Brandi successfully completed both the practicum and the thesis track. She is currently working at Clark Psychological Associates.

Bethany Mims earned both her Bachelors of Science degree as a psychology major (2011) and her Masters in Psychology (2014). During her time as an undergraduate, Bethany was very involved within the Social Cognition research lab with Dr. Clarissa Arms-Chavez and served as an undergraduate lab manager. She also presented her research at a regional conference. During her time within our graduate program, Bethany successfully completed both the practicum and the thesis track. She is currently working to earn her Ph.D. in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University with a focus on biosocial criminology.

Kayla Ann Mishoe earned both her Bachelors of Science degree as a psychology major and her Masters in Psychology (2015). During her time within our graduate program, Kayla completed both a practicum and a thesis. She is currently working for UAB at Spain Rehab as a psychometrist for traumatic brain injury patients.

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Computer Science

Notable Alumni

Alex Maynard graduated from AUM in December 2020 with a Bachelor in Computer Science. He now works for the Department of Youth Services as a Programmer Analyst.

Alex says AUM taught him three valuable lessons; the joys of discovering new things, the importance of punctuality and the value of persistence. He writes, “when I took my first programming class, I was astonished by how much I could do with programming. Before then, I didn’t fully understand what kind of effort went into writing software. As I progressed into more advanced classes over the years, I continued to discover more languages and more ways of writing applications. By the time I graduated, I had learned at least ten languages. Of course, learning these languages meant practicing via assignments, and assignments meant deadlines.

Even when things would not go exactly as I planned, I could not allow myself to give up. I had to push through and find any resources I could to aid me with my academic career, whether it be tutors, professors, or tutorials on the internet. Had I given up on my degree, I most likely would not have found myself working as a programmer. I would not been as successful without the support of AUM and the Computer Science Department.”

Prasanna Sai Kapa graduated with a Master of Cyber Security in the summer of 2021. He recalls how proud he is to be a graduate of AUM and let us know he now works for Honeywell International Inc. as an Advanced Cyber Security Engineer. Prasanna Sai remembers his time at AUM fondly and writes “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generous, academic support toward my education. I am very grateful for your help.”

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Mathematics

Notable Alumni

Evgeniia Korchevskaia: graduated in May 2020 with a B.S. in mathematics. Currently a mathematics Ph.D. student in Georgia Tech Institute.

Elias Lee: pre-engineering student at AUM. Graduated in Dec. 2017 with a B.S. in Mechanical   Engineering from Auburn University.

Mike Bartsch: Pre-engineering student at AUM. Graduated in May 2016 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University. Currently he is a civil field engineer at Southern Company, GA.

Mason Nixon: Pre-engineering student at AUM. Obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University. Currently he is a general engineer at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command Technical Center.

Ishmael Lee: pre-engineering student at AUM. Graduated in May. 2018 with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Auburn University.

Outstanding Students

2020 | Evgeniia Korchevskaia (Math major)She is also the recipient of 2020  Chancellor’s Scholar from the College of Sciences.

2019 | Emily Cosgrove (Math and Computer Science double major). She is also the recipient of 2019  Chancellor’s Scholar from the College of Sciences. Software Engineer II at EBSCO Information Services

2018 | Emily Cosgrove (Math and Computer Science double major).

2017 | Eddie Lyndsey (Mathematics and Computer Science double major). Software Engineer at Parsons Corporation.

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