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7 Unusual Career Paths in Science and Technology

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Looking for an exciting career in tech and science outside the norm? Check out the CIA’s Science, Engineering & Technology Student Positions!

Faster software, tastier food, cooler robots, greener businesses—science and technology make the world better every day.

And if you’re interested in going after a science or tech career, contributing to a brighter tomorrow is not the only perk: you seriously raise your chances of finding an in-demand, high-paying job.

The other good news is that you’ve got so many career options to choose from. To prove it, here are seven uncommon science and tech careers.

Which one would you choose?

1. Ethical Hacker

Tear apart computer codes for a good cause: by proactively detecting flaws, you help protect your company from hackers bent on stealing information or hijacking your systems. You’re one of the front-line fighters in the battle for cyber security.

Average Salary: $41,000 – $114,00

2. Chief Sustainability Officer

This cross-disciplinary C-suite career requires knowledge of business, leadership, science and the greenest environmental practices. You’re the brains behind every strategy your company uses to become more eco-friendly.

Average Salary: $165,000

3. Food Chemist

Ever dreamed of creating a perfect piece of sugar-free candy? Or the most scrumptious microwave dinner? In this job, you experiment with the chemical makeup of foods to make them tastier, longer lasting or easier to ship.

Average Salary: $34,000 – $106,000

4. UX Designer

Trying to navigate a clunky website can be insanely frustrating. That’s where a user experience (UX) designer can come to the rescue. In your capable hands, websites become more useful, usable and intuitive for every user.

Average Salary: $54,000 – $133,000

5. Science and Technology Policy Analyst

If you’ve got a strong science or tech background—plus an interest in politics—this career could be the right fit. You put your expertise to good use helping shape science and technology-related public policies.

Average Salary: $48,000 – $155,000

6. Storm Tracker

As an atmospheric scientist, you investigate the science of storms. You specialize in gathering data on severe weather occurrences, including hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms and flash floods.

Average Salary: $45,000 – $132,000

7. Robotics Engineer

Imagine getting to design a robot to explore the depths of the ocean, creating a faster mechanical arm to manufacture cars or engineering a tiny part of animatronic dinosaur for an amusement park. As a robotics engineer, you get to work with some of the world’s coolest technology.

Average Salary: $50,000 – $139,000

All salary data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What unusual science or tech career gets your vote?

Annie Favreau works for Inside Jobs, a site that helps people discover careers they’ll love and find the education to make it happen. Join the conversation on Twitter at @InsideJobs!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435419646 Brad Herrick

    Data is plural, so “All salary data ARE…” not “is”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=729658469 Chris Web

      Data us usually addressed as grouped information thus one unit! so “is” is more appropriate.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1435419646 Brad Herrick

      Nope…still incorrect. Bad assumption!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000171003211 Bismarck Soni

    great! quite an insight.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=740362779 Gideon Giddy

    I’m into computer security so Ethical Hacker suits me well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1087248447 Morana Medved

    Actually, according to Webster “data” can be used as singular or plural.
    I think that Chief Sustainability Officer salary is quoted on the high side – smaller companies have similar positions but don’t pay as much. My company has a “sustainability director” and I’m sure he’d love to make $165,000. Sustainability positions are definitely cropping up across industries under different names.