Science, Technology & Society

Careers Opportunities for STS Majors

As the global economy increasingly comes to depend upon an understanding of science and technology, STS students will find their knowledge and skills to be in high demand. While many career opportunities are available to scientists and technologists, increasingly there is demand for non-scientists who have some training within science and technology but who also have an understanding of the institutions of science and their place in modern society. Think for instance about all the complex philosophical, political, economic and legal issues surrounding science and technology: What kinds of science should be taught in our schools? Who should pay for scientific research? What if any restrictions should be placed upon research in human genetics? How should we regulate speech and commerce on the Internet? How do we develop policies that will lower greenhouse gases? These are questions that are faced by professionals in business, government, the law, medicine and other areas. Facing them requires the kind of multi-dimensional perspective of STS.

In this scientific and technological world, majoring or minoring in Science and Technology studies provided an excellent foundation for many careers. STS students acquire a broad view of the institutions, practice, and culture of science and technology, from inside and out. They are uniquely qualified for the increasing range of jobs that involve contact between professional science and the wider culture.

  • careers and further training in science communication: in print, radio and television broadcasting, in museums or science centres, or in education.
  • policy-related or commercial posts involving research funding and administration, regulatory or public interest responsibilities, environmental protection, technology transfer, and government service on national and international levels.
  • graduate studies in science and technology studies. Two recent grads are working toward advanced degrees at the University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University.
  • medical schools are eager to have students with a broad background in the humanities. Two of our STS graduates are now in medical school and claim that their STS courses were very helpful to the experiences in medical schools.
  • broader careers in finance, law, commerce, and many other spheres.
  • careers in public health: disease prevention, epidemiology, education, communication.


What do Butler STS graduates do with their degree?

Our graduates may seek employment immediately after graduation or they may seek post-graduate degrees in medicine, nursing, public health, environmental management and other areas.  The following is a partial list of our graduates and their current status:

Rob Elstro '01:  Public Information Officer, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Andy Heaslet '02:  Coordinator, Peace Economy Project, St. Louis, MO
Drew E. Scheidenhelm '02: Human Resources Coordinator, American Academy of Dermatology
Jovana Bulajic '04:  Human Resources Recruiter, Digitas, a global internet marketing company
Elliot Rezlaff '09:  Sales and Communications, Wisconsin Wind and Power Systems

Health Careers:

Amy Olin '00:  M.D., Indiana School of Medicine, resident in Family Medicine with Community Health Network
Brooke McMillan '03:  M.A. Philosophy, Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis.  Communications, health blogger for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, Livestrong.
Karri Voskuhl '05:  Ph.D. in Physical Therapy from Creighton University, Omaha, NE. Board Certified and Licensed Physical Therapist.
Courtney Stanback '07:  R.N. University of Missouri.  Seeking to become a professor of nursing.

Academic Careers:

Lindsay Craig '04:  Ph.D. Philosophy of Science, The University of Pittsburgh
Michael Wartenbe '07:  Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Information Studies, University of Southern California

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