The 5 Sexiest Jobs in Science - Black Enterprise
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Careers in science can be exciting, fulfilling, and lucrative.

Scientists are often portrayed as geeks, nerds and dorks. Adding to that depiction, the work they do can seem so far removed from everyday life that people wonder why it is even necessary for them or their children to study science in school and at college.

In fact, only a slight majority of the public (54%) believe that all students should have to take more math and science courses, and less than 1/3 of those polled felt that math and science classes offered to students not majoring in those fields are “very relevant” to life after graduation, according to a poll conducted by the American Council on Education in 2006.

To dispel those myths and to demonstrate how science plays a big part in our lives from day to day, Black Enterprise comprised a list of some of the sexiest jobs in science. While these careers won’t necessarily make a person more visually appealing, the salary, prestige and intrigue will surely stimulate your interest.

Career: Medical Technology

Example: Perfusionist — Not everyone is able or willing to go to medical or nursing school for almost a decade to become a doctor. But there are still many jobs available for those who want to work in a hospital setting. A perfusionist works as a member of the surgical team during open-heart and other cardiac surgeries. They set up and operate the heart-lung machine to monitor the patient’s blood circulation and keep the rest of the surgical team informed of any changes. These jobs are often overlooked but they are in high demand, meaning job security is one of the main advantages.
Industry: Healthcare
Salary: $75,715 to $108,147
How to prepare: Major in a solid biological science or nursing program during undergrad. Afterward, enroll in a two-year masters of science program at an accredited school.

Career: Material Science

Example: Cosmetic Chemist – When you apply your foundation, do you ever wonder how the ingredients interact with your skin? Have you ever marveled at the ability of certain creams to reduce wrinkles or thought about what causes mascara to lengthen your lashes? If so, chemistry just might be your calling.
Industry: Cosmetics
Salary: $59,000 to $92,000
How to prepare: Obtain a bachelor’s degree in physical chemistry or organic chemistry. Mid-career professionals should demonstrate experience performing analytical chemistry in laboratories.

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Marcia Wade Talbert

Marcia is a multimedia content producer focusing on technology at Black Enterprise Magazine. In this capacity she writes and assigns stories to educate readers about social media; digital integration; gadgets, apps, and software for business and professional development; minority tech startups; and careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). In 2012, she received two Salute to Excellence Awards from the National Association of Black Journalists and was recognized by Blacks in Technology (BiT) as one of the Top 10 Black achievers in the tech arena for 2011 at SXSW in Austin, Texas. She has spoken about technology on panels for New York Social Media Week, at The 2012 Rainbow/PUSH Wall Street Summit, as well as at Black Enterprise’s Entrepreneurs Conference and Women of Power Summit. In 2011, chose her as one of 28 People of Color Impacting the Social Web, and through crowdsourcing she was listed as one of BlackWeb2.0's/HP's 50 Most Notable African American Tastemakers in Social Media and Technology for 2010. Since taking on the role of Tech editor in September 2010, she has conceived and produced five cover stories on Technology and/or STEM and countless articles, videos, and slideshows online. Before joining as an interactive general assignment reporter in 2008, she freelanced with Black Enterprise beginning in 2003 while working as the technical editor at Prepared Foods magazine. There she further honed her writing skills and became an authority on food ingredients, including ingredients used in food fortification and enrichment. Meanwhile, her freelancing with Black Enterprise and helped her stay current on issues pertaining to the financial and business welfare of African Americans. As a general reporter for Black Enterprise she attended and reported on the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, where she interviewed Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor and assistant to President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. Marcia has a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture with an emphasis in food science from the University of Minnesota, and a Master of Science degree in journalism from Roosevelt University in Chicago. En route to her secondary degree, she served as the editor-in-chief of the Roosevelt University Torch, a weekly, student-run newspaper. An avid photographer and videographer, Marcia is one of several employees at BLACK ENTERPRISE who interned for the publishing company as a college student. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, a food scientist; her seventeen-month-old daughter; and “The Cat”, but still considers Chicago home.