Alternative Careers in STEM

Written by: Shishir Sarker, Representative for Geology

Last Updated: 10/08/2020

Research Industry Positions

Scientist Titles

Associate Scientist  


Junior Scientist 

Senior Scientist 

Principal Scientist 

Scientist I, Scientist II, Scientist III, Scientist IV 

Other Titles

Senior Scientific Researcher 

Senior Research Associate 


Non-Research Industry Positions  

Non-Academic Career Titles 

Market Research Analyst 

Business Development Manager (BDMs) 

Competitive Intelligence Analyst (CI) 

Product Manager 

Management Consulting 

Quantitative Analyst (QAs) 

Medical Communication Specialist 

Healthcare Information Technology Specialist (HIT Specialist) 

Operations Research Analyst 

Medical Science Liaison (MSL) 

Non-Profit Organizations/Industry 

Job Titles 

Program Director 

Chief Executive Office 

Executive Director 

Social Services Manager 

Fundraising Manager  

Lead Technical Advisor 

Forensic Policy Analyst 

Government Sectors 

Job Titles (MS) 

Human Resources Manager 


Foreign Service Officer 


Political Scientist 

NIH Positions (PhD) 

Interdisciplinary Scientist 

Program Director-Capacity Building 

Scientific Program Manager 

Scientific Review Officer 

Biologist-Vaccine Research Support 

Review Analyst-Variant Scientist 

Collections Editor/Curriculum Specialist 

Program Manager/Sr. Program manager 

Higher Education 

Higher Education Jobs 


Assistant Professor 


Chief Academic Officer 

Vice President of Enrollment Management 

Dean of Admissions 

Education Consultant 

Director of Alumni Relations 

Director of Career Services 

Fundraising Director