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Dear Mike, Your project sounds like a lot of fun. I've always been fascinated by careers, since I never could narrow down what I wanted to be when I grew up. Instead, I had about a hundred things I thought sounded neat, but couldn't imagine how to go about becoming any of the things I wanted to be. Fortunately, I now have a job that lets me do lots of different things every day, so I haven't had to let go of too many of my interests. I've put together a list of career sites which provide information on what it's like to be a this or that, important things to consider if you want to be a certain type of scientist, and so on. My background is in life sciences, so my bias is very clear here. If you're interested in physical sciences, engineering, etc., do a web search on 'careers in physics' and so forth to see what comes up. The first in this list is a resource I helped develop when I worked at the Ecological Society of America. I'm very proud of it, as I think it would have helped me a lot when I was going through school and wondering how people get to be field biologists or science journalists and so forth. The rest are other references which should get you off to a good start. Good luck, and have fun with this. Who knows what dream jobs you might uncover. Sincerely, Ruth Allard, Conservation Biologist _________________________________________________________________________ Careers and Jobs in Marine Biology and Oceanography www-marine.stanford.edu/HMSweb/careers.html Careers in Ecology http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/nceas-web/kids/ecology/careers.html Careers in Primatology http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/edu/careers/ Zoo Careers (lots more than zookeeping-- many links within this one. You might be surprised how many different branches of life sciences are involved in zoo and aquarium work.) http://members.tripod. com/~Sciurus/index.html
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