New Web Site on Careers
By Cynthia Delgado
What do a patent lawyer, a biophysicist and a dentist have in common? Give up? They are featured NIH success stories at the Office of Science Education's new career exploration web site, LifeWorks (http://science.education.nih.gov/LifeWorks). With this resource, middle school and high school students, their parents and career/guidance counselors can explore more than 100 health and medical science-related careers. Considering that nearly 50 percent of the occupations projected to grow the fastest in the next 10 years are in the health and medical sciences, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, LifeWorks makes a timely debut this month.
The site's rich content is derived from the Department of Labor's (DOL) cumulative data on jobs spanning the entire country. The data includes job descriptions, salaries, job outlook and other career specifics. NIH success stories complement the DOL data, and exemplify the diverse career options in the sciences, and the unique pathways leading to success.
LifeWorks promotion is scheduled to correspond with ESTME (Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics Education) Week (http://www.estme.org/), Mar. 15-19. Coordinated by the Department of Education, ESTME Week is a national celebration intended to increase public awareness of federal science and math education programs and opportunities. During the week, more than 20 participating federal agencies hold events to excite K-12 students about learning science and math. OSE plans to send colorful LifeWorks posters and related materials to more than 60,000 middle school and high school counselors across the country.
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