Have you always been fascinated by the influences that science and technology have had on our society and our understanding of ourselves? Pursuing a degree in Science and Technology Studies at York will expose you to key issues of debate regarding the philosophical and social aspects of technological and scientific advancement. With degree routes leading to either a BA or BSc, the interdisciplinary program delves deep into questions of culture, gender, religion and how central scientific ideas and technology clash or converge with human life and how they influence our perception and ways of thinking.
Below is a sample list of some future choices to explore following studies in Science and Technology Studies. This list is not exhaustive but it provides a solid idea of what fellow graduates have gone on to do and what potential careers a Science and Technology Studies degree can offer. Some options are more directly associated with specific areas of Science and Technology Studies than others.
- Brand Strategist
- Cultural Consultant
- Food Scientist
- Government Agency Worker
- Human Resources Specialist
- Industrial Relations Consultant
- International Business Consultant
- Market Researcher
- Media Correspondent
- Medical Technology Developer
- Medical Writer
- Museum Curator
- Non-Profit Organization Director
- Pharmaceutical Development/Sales
- Political Strategist/Analyst
- Public Policy Analyst
- Public Relations Representative
- Scientific Writer
- Social Program Director
- Speech Writer
- UN Representative
Some of these career choices may require additional education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential education or professional formative courses and exams. For a more in-depth description of some of the careers mentioned above visit Career Cruising (login information can be found on the home page of the Career Centre's online system) or the National Occupational Classification website.
Skills Developed through a Science and Technology Studies Degree
A background in Science and Technology Studies ensures that you develop the skills and mindset to tackle many different professional challenges. Here are just a few of the skills a Science and Technology Studies degree can help you develop:
Core Science and Technology Studies Skills
- Strong ability to express yourself in written and oral presentations through close interaction with fellow students and faculty members in small classroom settings.
- Understanding of core scientific ideas and principles and their applications in day to day life, as well as the problems (or social advancements) introduced by technology.
- An ability to analyze questions arising from the interaction of science, technology and society through different lenses and from an interdisciplinary perspective.
Communication, Data Gathering and Organizational Skills
- Deduction of information from various sources and the ability to concentrate on relevant resources
- The ability to organize, understand and analyze sources of information and to apply novel forms of technology or new information to different professional settings and tasks
- The ability to learn new information and apply this to professional demands
- The capacity to critically analyze problems, think creatively and make sound decisions while considering different sides of an argument
- The ability to explain complex ideas clearly to others and to apply complex theoretical concepts to everyday practice and professional dilemmas
Management and Teamwork
- The ability to interpret and analyze information presented by peers and efficiently and constructively support or challenge their proposals, theories, ideas and reports in order to achieve a project’s intended and successful end result
- The capacity to lead and interact with a variety of people with different approaches and personal and professional backgrounds
- Skills enabling you to work effectively in group situations, partaking in decision-making, leading and contributing in various capacities to the ultimate success of the team and task
- The capability to identify priorities and proper courses of action, to plan the execution of tasks and to determine and delegate responsibilities to group members to most effectively carry out projects
Professional Associations and Organizations
Knowing the industry and how to excel in it after receiving a degree are key elements of future success. University study sets up the building blocks you will need to develop and enhance your understanding and knowledge in your career. Being part of a professional organization or network and gaining further insight through training are excellent ways of increasing your knowledge of the field. The following is a selection of organizations related to the field of Science and Technology Studies that you may want to visit as you research career options for Science and Technology graduates.
- Association for Information Science and Technology (www.asis.org)
- International Association of Science and Technology for Development (www.iasted.org)
- York University Science & Technology Studies website: (www.yorku.ca/sts/undergraduate/about.html)
- NATO Science and Technology Organization (www.sto.nato.int)