Career: Industrial Engineering
Example: Automotive Engineer/Designer – Nothing excites people more than a hot car, but few people know that driving the design from concept to reality is someone’s job. Coming up with an idea for a new car seems easy, but having a knack for drawing and sketching isn’t enough for an automobile company to put you in charge of next year’s new models. Mathematics, physics and chemistry all go into making sure that a car concept is safe, realistic and aerodynamic when the rubber meets the road.
Salary: $51,173 to $83, 516
How to prepare: Find a school that has a curriculum in car design. While a major in industrial or mechanical engineering will make you more competitive, make sure you also take design, graphics, and art classes with an emphasis in transportation.
Example: Sensory Scientist – It’s said that human pheromones arouse more than just your senses. But until you visit a country where deodorant isn’t necessarily the norm, you’re likely to take a sensory scientist’s job for granted. Whether they work in cosmetics or the food industry, sensory scientists make sure that what you smell, taste, see or touch falls in line with what you like and what you would expect. Perfumers, in particular, need to have a nose that works overtime. But more importantly, they need to be able to read a gas chromatography mass spectrometry report since scent is more science than smell.
Salary: $50,000 to $119, 330
How to prepare: Along with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, join a professional association like the International Fragrance Association to meet people working at fragrance houses and to become familiar with the newest standards and education opportunities in the industry. Degrees in microbiology or biomedical engineering are also helpful.
Career: Food Science
Example: Food Scientist – The human desire to eat is not only for our survival; it can be sensual as well. Yet whether you realize it or not, packaged food doesn’t magically appear in grocery stores. There is a whole lot that happens between the farm and your mouth. From processing, flavoring, nutrition evaluation, packaging, and storing, there are a series of steps that require the skilled and creative labor of chemists, microbiologists, engineers, and a number of other food scientists, who make sure your food is safe, healthy, and tasty.
Salary: $33,790 to $104,520
How to prepare: Enroll in a food science bachelor’s or master’s program. Core science classes will differ depending on the specialty (i.e., food engineering versus food microbiology). In fact, a straight chemistry, microbiology, or culinary degree could also suffice depending on the job. Join organizations like The Institute of Food Technologists and Research Chefs Association for extra-curricular education and career development.
- SEE ALSO: Tips From the Top of the Food Chain