What are the possible career prospects if I choose physics, chemistry, biology and psychology in college? I’m not keen on a career in medicine.

You will be surprised as to the career options besides medicine that are available after studying science in college. In addition to research and teaching, you could leverage your transferable skills to work in less conventional jobs from health care to finance to journalism to IT.

Before you make a final choice on your subject to study, I strongly recommend you do a psychometric test to zero in on your aptitude and skill sets. A good psychometric test will help you t gain insight into an otherwise complex problem of choosing study options.

Even if you don’t want to pursue a career in science a degree in any sub sector will provide you with a range of transferable skills, which can be used in an array of jobs. These skills would include but not be limited to organisational skill, problem solving, time management, mathematical skills and most importantly analytical and research skills.

Careers after studying science in college would include forensic scientist, geophysicist, or a chemical engineer. You could also identify career opportunities in the pharmacy industry as a pharmacologist, pharmacist, research scientist or analytical chemist. In the last role you would be involved in using scientific methods to investigate and analyse the chemical nature of substances. The research would be further used for drug development, forensic analysis and toxicology.

Clinical psychology is another option which requires you to analyse human issues like stress, depression and behavioural disorders. It is advisable to pursue this career with a master’s degree under your belt.

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Some of the best campuses to study this discipline are in the USA; Stanford University, Princeton University and University of Pennsylvania are few of them.

Apart from these options another relevant career would be in the area of environment. An environmental scientist evaluates increasing human influence over wildlife, water quality of water bodies like lakes and rivers to keep people safe from contamination like toxic manufacturing spills. University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University and Oxford and Imperial College in the UK are some of the renowned campuses for this field of specialisation.

Some students use a bachelor’s degree in science as a stepping stone to pursuing a master’s degree in a specialised area of science or to earn teaching credentials. Try and identify courses which offer a combination of work and study, as these will allow you to gain some practical experience while enhancing your qualifications.

Sanjeev Verma is an international education counsellor. Got a problem? Our fantastic panel of renowned experts is available to answer all your questions related to fashion, well-being, nutrition, finance and hypnotherapy. Email your queries to friday@gulfnews.com.