Career Report Information
     This year, Mrs. Blakemore has decided to offer a Career Report option for students who would prefer to explore science careers instead of conducting a Science Fair Project.  This option still requires students to create a display similar to the Science Fair Project display board ( visit the Science Fair Project website to see how to organize the display), and also requires an oral report similar to what students completing a Sci. Project have to do as well.  
     There are so many interesting Science careers available today, this project will give you the opportunity to explore 3 different interesting careers.  If you are unclear which careers qualify, here are a few examples:
Agronomist, Acupuncture practitioner, Aeronautical engineer, Aerospace engineer, Astronaut, Audiologist, Biology teacher, Biochemist, Botanist, Biomedical technician, Chemical technician, Chiropractor, Clinical dietitian, Chemical engineer, Chemist, Cytotechnologist, Dietitian, Dental hygienist,Drug technician, Dental laboratory technician, Ecologist, Embryologist, Environmental health tech. , Electrical engineer, Electroencephalographic tech. , Forestry, Fish culture tech. , Fish and Wildlife specialist, Forest products tech. , Floriculture tech. , Forestry tech. , Forensic scientist, Geneticist, Geophysics, Geochemist, Geologist. Health physics tech. , Husbandry specialist, Histologic tech. Horticulturist, Horse Industry tech. , Ichthyologist, Medical microbiologist, Medical lab worker, Medical technologist, Meteorologist, Microbiologist, Marine life tech. , Nuclear tech. , Nursing. Nutritionalist, Otolaryngologist, Orthopedist, Oceanographer, Ornithologist, Optometrist, Osteopathic physician, Pediatric nurse, Podiatrist, Pediatric neonatologist, Pediatrician, Pathologist, Pharmacist, Psychologist, Physicist, Physical therapist, Occupational therapist, Physiologist, Radiologist, Ranger, Social scientist, Speech pathologist, surgeon, Veterinarian, Wildlife conservation tech. X-ray tech. Zoologist, Animal behavior specialist, Cetologist, Entomologist, Wildlife biologist, Marine Biologist, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Paleontologist , Phycologist. AND

     You will choose 3 careers, and explore the following with each of the three (each will be covered in 2-3 typed pages, and displayed similar to a science fair project.)
1. Name of the career or industry.
2. What the job involves..what are the daily duties.
3. Why you would consider this an interesting and challenging occupation?
4. Why is scientific knowledge needed for the job?
* Amount of schooling past High school. 
* Amount of money you can expect to earn.
* Any other interesting facts about the career.

Each career will be covered in 2-3 typed pages, for a total of 6-9 pages. Students are to create a notebook similar to the Science Fair Project notebook...with career information instead of science experiment materials and procedures etc.  As with the science fair project, students are expected to have a title page, table of contents, and sources for research. 
Students are also expected to display their careers on a science display board.  Please see the science fair project helpsite for display guidelines. 

Students will report this information to the class during an oral report which must include visual aids similar to a science project.
Career reports are not eligible to compete in the District Science fair. Outstanding reports may be sent to the fair for display purposes only.
One of the requirements of the Career Reports is to interview a person who is employed in ONE of your chosen careers. You can conduct the interview by phone, by email, by skype, or in person.  
Help in the interview ... There are many ways to conduct an interview, and many different questions you might ask. Make an appointment with the person explaining why you want to interview him or her, and prepare your questions in advance. You may want to use some or all of the ideas listed below, and write the answers on a separate sheet. Remember to identify yourself, and above all. . . Be courteous and thank the person for their time once the interview is over. Good luck! 
* How did you choose this career (this job)? * How did you start in your career? * What do you do on a normal day? * Was this your first job? * What is the best part of your job? * Is there anything you do not like about your job? * Is your work physically demanding?
* Is your work mentally demanding? * What are the educational and training requirements? 
* Are there many jobs available in your field of work? * Does your work increase in certain seasons? (Only for part of the year?) 
* How much money could anyone expect to earn in this line of work? 
* What do you get out of your job other than money? * What high school classes could help me prepare for this job? * Is there new technology being developed in your field of work, to assist you in your daily duties? * How many hours do you work per week? * Do you have someone who plans what you have to do every day, as in your boss?
These are just some of the questions you might ask. You may find that some questions just do not fit. I have included many more questions than are needed to conduct a good interview. You are completely free to create other questions for yourself. The information you learn in your interview may be used to supplement your career research, but should not replace it.
Above all, have fun, and use this opportunity to explore careers you might be interested in!!