Have you heard any of these? Did You Believe Them?
People have all kinds of misconceptions about what it means to be a scientist, and many times people don't get involved in science-related activities because they believe these silly myths. Read on for the truth about the top 5 myths about science careers, and then follow our blog, How We Science, for ongoing myth-busting information!
Top 5 Science Career Myths - BUSTED!
Myth #1: All scientists work in laboratories and cubicles all day. People that like to be outdoors can't be scientists. Truth #1: Scientists work in all different kinds of environments, from laboratories to woodlands, and from racetracks to Antarctica. Depending on the kinds of work they do, scientists can find themselves anywhere in the world and in any kind of work environment. Foresters are scientists, and they work in the woods. Marine biologists are scientists and they work around ships and oceans. See? Those are just two examples out of thousands that prove myth #1 is busted!
Myth #2: Girls can't be scientists. Truth #2: Seriously? There are still people that believe there are jobs that women can't do? Some of our most important scientists have been women, including Mae Jemison (engineer, astronaut), Diane Fossey (primatologist, anthropologist), and Rachel Carson (marine biologist, environmental activist), just to name a few. To anyone who says women can't be scientists, tell them to go educate themselves by reading this.
Myth #3: Only people that have doctorate degrees can be scientists. Truth #3: Anyone can be a scientist. In the 1800's people worked hard to educate themselves about the natural world, becoming amateur scientists and making many important discoveries and observations that still impact science today. Today, people of all education levels and interests can use science in their work or hobbies. Many people at the associates or bachelor's degree level find professions in the science field, so it's important to know the general education requirements of the type of job you are interested in doing.
Myth #4: You can't love science if you think math is difficult. Truth #4: Just like anyone else, scientists have personal strengths and weaknesses. Although it's true that there is often more math used in science than some other fields, that doesn't mean that you need to be a math genius to be a scientist! With computers and other tools, even people that find math more challenging can be successful in science fields. If you are passionate about science and are willing to work hard, you can be successful regardless of your own strengths and weaknesses.
Myth #5: Science isn't fun. It's boring. Truth #5: Are you kidding? There are so many different kinds of science that no matter what you are interested in, there's likely a STEM profession you would find fun. Like dinosaurs? Paleontology. Excited about machines? Mechanical engineer. Want to travel in space? Astronauts. Rocking with rocks? Geologist. Love birds? Avian biologist. See? These are just a few of the thousands of possible career choices that involve science and can be connected to whatever you are passionate about. When you find a career that allows you to work with something you are passionate about, you will quickly see that science is great. Still not sure what we mean? Check out this web page from Mashable.com to see more examples of fun STEM jobs at work.
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