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"There are very few people who have degrees in mathematics who get paid to prove theorems. They will be paid almost certainly to do computing," says AAAS Fellow Duncan Buell.
Whether learning to write grants, or developing science policy writing skills, it's important to show your work to more experienced people for peer-review. That may mean getting a thicker skin.
A wide range of new jobs are making it possible to be directly involved in science communication, whether or not you are in research.
Where are the best programs that combine mathematics and oceanography? AAAS Fellow lists top choices and offers tips for getting your application noticed.
AAAS Fellow advises: 'I would hitch my star to a congressperson trying to make a name in the technical areas of my interest.'
Demonstrating a thirst for research and great debating skills, a teacher ponders a career in science policy for her star student.
Buy-in from university administration and creative funding are key to attracting diverse STEM talent, says expert.
'If you want to be a nurse scientist--the PI who is generating hypotheses--you really need a Ph.D.,' advises a AAAS Fellow.
With a Ph.D. in bioinformatics, jobs should be plentiful, but one early-career scientist finds it's not so easy to get a foot in the door as a researcher.