Online Applied Science Degrees

Watch Out Bill Nye! Now You Can Be The Science Guy (Or Girl, Of Course)

Applied science is the art of applying scientific knowledge to practical problems, particularly in research and development, product invention, and production efficiency. And it's a hot job field right now. Need proof? Consider these different types of applied scientists and the number of jobs they held in 2004 in the United States:

•    Biological technicians 64,000
•    Chemical technicians 62,000
•    Forest and conservation technicians 33,000
•    Environmental science and protection technicians 31,000
•    Agricultural and food science technicians 23,000
•    Geological and petroleum technicians 11,000
•    Forensic science technicians 9,800
•    Nuclear technicians 7,300

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports overall employment of science technicians is expected to increase from 18% to 26% through 2014. But you'll need to have the proper training and degree before applying because the BLS reports "job opportunities are expected to be best for graduates of applied science technology programs." Employers prefer applicants who have at least 2 years of specialized training at a 4-year university with a bachelor-of-science degree, or an associate’s degree in applied science or science-related technology. Personalities best suited for science technicians include those who favor work in laboratories, but aren't averse to working outdoors, and have highly developed technical and communication skills. But if you still need another reason to check out programs in applied science, check out this number. In May 2005, the annual mean wage for science technicians was $83,200 a year. See how the right training from an accredited program can help your career in applied science today.

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