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Career Resources for Undergrads

UO Career Center Career: Career counselors and advisors  can assist with career exploration, networking, and the job search process. Counselors coach students on interview skills and preparing application materials, including resumes, CVs and cover letters.

UOTeach: MEd in Curriculum & Teaching: UOTeach is a graduate program that leads to a teaching license and a master’s of education degree in Curriculum and Teaching. The program offers two strands: Elementary (Grades K-5) and Middle/High School (Grades 6-12). The full-time program begins once per year in summer and takes five terms (summer through the following summer term) to complete. It is a cohort-based program (students are taught as a community rather than as a collection of individuals) in which students take courses in a specified sequence.

UO Master’s Industrial Internship Program: The Master’s Industrial Internship Program at the University of Oregon trains students in the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the industrial research laboratory – and at the interview table. We believe an advanced degree should help you land a job and prepare you for a successful career.

UO Advanced Materials Analysis and Characterization Master’s Degree Program: An accelerated, industry-focused, interdisciplinary master’s program to analyze and characterize advanced materials using cutting-edge, high-tech tools.

myIDP: Science Careers’ myIDP tool provides exercises to help you examine your skills, interests, and values, as well as a list of 20 scientific career paths with a prediction of which ones best fit your skills and interests.

American Chemical Society Chemistry Careers:The employment world for chemical professionals can be divided into five main sectors: industry, academia, government, non-profit, and entrepreneurship. Explore your options here!

2015 Annual Top Employer Survey in Biotech and Pharma IndustriesScience magazine has a long history of providing a forum for scientists to express their opinions about the biotech and pharma industry. For 2015, they gathered the responses from 5,700 scientists who had plenty to say about the industry. The firms landing at the top of the 2015 Science Careers Top Employers Survey harness innovation and create workplaces that recruit the brightest scientific minds. See who ranked top this year.

Additional Resources from Science/AAAS:


  • “So What Are You Going to Do with That?”: Finding Careers Outside Academia, by Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius
  • The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs, by Victor A. Bloomfield and Esam E. El-Fakahany
  • What Color is Your Parachute? A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, by Richard Nelson Bolles
  • Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists, by Peter Fiske
  • Finding Your North: Self-Help Strategies for Science-Related Careers, by Frederick L. Moore and Michael L. Penn