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Industry & Profession Insight

Career Services has compiled a list of resources by field. Find overviews, labor market projections, job-posting sites, professional associations and ways to expand your knowledge. You can also uncover opportunities, from fellowships to full-time jobs. 
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Resources by Field



  • NewScientist: This magazine features some of the latest science "hot topics," and includes a Jobs and Careers section. Special resources for students looking for jobs in biotechnology.
  • Physics Jobs Today: A resource from the American Institute of Physics. Post a resume, browse available positions, find schedules for upcoming career workshops and order career manuals.
  • Science Magazine: Provides advice, dates and locations of career fairs and a place to post your resume.

Additional Resources

General Sites

Career Transition

Print Publications

The following books are available in the Office of Career Services library:

  • A Ph.D. is Not Enough: a Guide to Survival in Science by Peter J. Feibelman (ISBN: 0-201-62663-2)
  • The First Year of Teaching by Pearl Rock Kane (ISBN: 0-8027-7359-1)
  • Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers by Margaret Newhouse (ISBN: 0-943747-08-2)
  • Getting an Academic Job: Strategies for Success by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld and Marcia Lynn Whicker (ISBN: 0-8039-7015-3)
  • The Academic Job Search Handbook by Julia Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong (ISBN: 978-0-8122-2016-2)
  • The MLA Guide to the Job Search (ISBN: 0-87352-682-1)
  • Job Search in Academe by Dawn M. Formo and Cheryl Reed (ISBN: 1-57922-011-8)
  • The Compleat Academic: A Practical Guide for the Beginning Social Scientist by Mark P. Zanna and John M. Darley (ISBN: 0-89859-949-0)
  • Lifting a Ton of Feathers: A Woman's Guide to Surviving in the Academic World by Paula J. Caplan (ISBN: 0-8020-7411-1)
  • Understanding the Work and Career Paths of Midlevel Administrators by Linda K. Johnsrud and Vicki J. Rosser (ISBN: 0-7879-5435-7)
  • Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering by Richard M. Reis (ISBN: 0-7803-1136-1)