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Careers in Interdisciplinary Science

Develop Expertise in Different Disciplines for Scientific Problems

Many of the problems in science and technology are too complex for the fragmented single-discipline approach. Societal problems and solutions require the contributions of scientists from a number of different fields, each bringing their expertise to solve a larger, systems-level problem. Research institutions, universities and corporations need experts who are focused on this multidisciplinary approach.

Career Outlook

The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the U.S. Department of Health Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), provides information about specific jobs including median annual pay, working conditions and job outlook, among other things.

For those seeking careers in interdisciplinary science, jobs might be found in medical environments, advocacy, environmental policy, business management, education, technology, research and science. Graduates are able to search a diverse range of science-based careers that depend on strong backgrounds in scientific and quantitative reasoning and an understanding of the relationship between the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities and the arts.

In areas of business, administrative services managers could experience 12% employment growth and human resources managers 13% through 2020. Environmental health and safety engineers are projected to grow 11% with medical scientists experiencing 13% growth. Careers in biochemistry or biophysics show a 31% growth projection. For the many options available to an interdisciplinary degree graduate check The Occupational Outlook Handbook for additional information on careers in interdisciplinary science.

Interdisciplinary Science Career Options

Although not an exhaustive list, careers in interdisciplinary science can include one (or more) of the following:

  • Agricultural and Food Scientist
  • Biochemist and Biophysicist
  • Biological Technician
  • Medical Scientist
  • Biomedical Engineering Technician
  • Chemical Technician
  • Chemist and Materials Scientist
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Postsecondary Teacher
  • Researcher
  • Administrative Manager
  • Information Management Director
  • Technology Supervisor
  • Social Scientist

Entry-Level Salary Expectations

PayScale.com is an online salary information company providing real-time information on job market compensation. The site provides insight on what graduates might expect for entry-level science career salaries, as well as the earning potential that can be achieved over a career. For example, the site reports that salaries for careers in interdisciplinary studies range from $37,500 – $51,000. Some other examples:

Medical Scientist/Technology: $ $49,600 – $60,200
Biochemist: $ $43,200 – $88,500
Biotechnology: $41,400 – $82,800
Health Care Administration: $39,600 – $57,800
Information Technology: $49,700 – $81,300

Check PayScale.com for the most recent information on careers in interdisciplinary science.