|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 1 review
|Grade Level:||High School
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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“Almost all careers in the 21st century require a working knowledge of science and mathematics,” says Steve Metz, The Science Teacher field editor, in his introduction to All in a Day’s Work, 2nd edition. “The pending retirement of 78 millions baby boomers can only add to the need for science and mathematics training, as companies begin recruiting replacement workers in science fields, sometimes—believe it or not—as early as middle school!”
This expanded second edition will help you give students an exciting look at the vast array of jobs built on a foundation of science, including:
• the expected—high school science teacher, microbiologist, and radiation therapist,
• the unexpected—bomb investigator, space architect, and musical acoustics scientist, the adventurous—astronaut, deep-cave explorer, and dinosaur paleontologist, and
• the offbeat— shark advocate, roller coaster designer, and oyster wrangler
All in a Day’s Work, 2nd edition is a compendium of 49 of the popular “Career of the Month” columns from the NSTA high school journal The Science Teacher. Each column profiles a person in a science-related job and can be reproduced and shared with your high school students as they make career and education plans. Each profile includes suggestions about how to find additional career information, including links to websites and relevant professional organizations and interest groups.
|Intended User Role:||High-School Educator, Learner, Parent, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Careers, Teaching strategies
By Steve Metz
Careers listed alphabetically
List of Academic Degrees
High School Teacher
The Adventurous Life
Honey bee scientist
Aquatic conservation biologist
Musical acoustics scientist
Health and Fitness
Ear, nose, and throat doctor
Research and Development
Green product chemist
Video game designer
Roller coaster designer
Artificial intelligence expert
What We Eat
NASA food scientist
Foodborne disease epidemiologist
||Good read for teachers and students
||Reviewed by: Chris Young (, ) on June 20, 2009
||This book is a list of 49 science related jobs that allow students in grades 9 through 12 an opportunity to explore careers that they might not otherwise have thought of exploring. The book lists these jobs and then devotes two to four pages describing what the person does in their job, providing advice from the person who works at that job, as well as describing typical days, scariest experiences, and things the person likes about their job. This book could be used by the teacher as a way of introducing a topic or peaking students interest before beginning a lesson in many different areas. This book could also be used by students who are looking for what interests them in the world as they prepare for college or to get a job after graduation. The book is arranged in an easy to read format and provides brief, but descriptive real-life examples of jobs and what a person doing these jobs would do on a day to day basis. An advice section is included for each job which is directed towards high school students. This advice, coming directly from someone in the field, tells students what they should be doing in high school and college if they are interested in this field.
This book is well put together and offers many different opportunities and ideas to young people looking to go into the work place. Readers will appreciate it’s layout and informative text.
I think this book would be a great tool for both teachers and students. It is extremely well laid out and easy to read. It offers a brief yet descriptive view of many different careers. Thinking about what you want to do for a career as an 18 year-old can be a daunting task. This book helps bring a real-world look at some jobs related to science. Some of these jobs you would expect to be included in a book like this (science teacher, biologist, veterinarian) and others you might not have thought of (oyster wrangler, musical acoustic scientist). This book opens doors for students that have an interest in science but aren’t sure how that can relate to a job after graduation.
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