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The Career Center offers career counseling and practice interviewing for M.A/M.S/Ph.D students and postdocs seeking jobs in private industry, government, and the nonprofit sector. Call (631) 632-6810 for an appointment, or email Alfreda James at  alfreda.james@stonybrook.edu

 

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3) International students may run an advanced search to find positions where U.S. work authorization is optional.

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Top Fields
  Projected Top-Paid Master's Degrees   
Broad Category 2017 Average Salary 2016 Average Salary
Computer Science $81,039 $72,080
Engineering $75,053 $73,871
Business $74,066 $71,663
Math & Sciences $70,061 $67,891

*Source: Winter 2017  Salary Survey,  National Association of Colleges and Employers

Top Fields for PH.D. Degrees
Rank  Major   Early Career Pay Mid-Career Pay % High Meaning
1 (tie)  Chemical Engineering $96,100 $146,000 64%
1 (tie)  Organic Chemistry  $83,400 $146,000 N/A
3  Computer Science (CS) $118,000  $145,000 63%
4  Electrical Engineering  $103,000 $144,000 68%
5  Pharmacology  $75,400 $141,000 87%
6  Physical Chemistry $73,600 $138,000 56%
7  Engineering  $93,600 $137,000 81%
8  Physics  $93,700 $135,000 55%
9  Biomedical Engineering (BME)  $88,100 $133,000 87%
10  Statistics  $105,000 $131,000 65% 

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Transferable Skills



Transferable skills are techniques and competencies that can be applied to various career fields. For example, R is a programming language useful in careers like computer programming, statistics, and price analysis.

Project management is another example of a transferable skill. Developing timelines, setting goals, and designing experiments are all useful skills for different career fields. 

Examples of Transferable Skills & Abilities from Graduate Degrees
Research & Information Management
  • Understand and synthesize large quantities of information
  • Design and analyze surveys
  • Develop organizing principles to sort and evaluate data effectively
Project Management & Organization
  •  Develop a realistic timeline for completion of a project
  • Prioritize tasks
  • Anticipate potential problems
  • Maintain flexibility in the face of changing circumstances (new information or a change in resource availability)
Data Management & Analytics
  • Collect, process, and perform statistical analysis
  • Develop and implement mathematical models to evaluate risk or trends
  • Assess, integrate, and protect data sources
  • Develop, test, and maintain large scale data processing systems

 

Resumes, Cover Letters, & Interviews

  A resume serves one purpose—to get you an interview. Most recruiters only spend 30-60 seconds reviewing your resume, so a good resume will say a lot with only a few words. Your resume should represent your skills and your career potential, but it should also convey your personality and tell your professional story. To an employer, a resume is the answer to the question: “Who are you?”

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  A cover letter is a targeted letter that introduces you and your resume to a specific prospective employer. Cover letters are often required by employers as part of a job application along with a resume and sometimes, work samples. Even when not specifically requested by an employer, they are highly recommended. As the first communication between you and a prospective employer, a cover letter should convey professionalism and strong written communications ability while introducing yourself and explaining your credentials.

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You’ve gotten yourself an interview! Congratulations! You’re well on your way to securing an awesome job. An interview is simply an employer’s way of getting to know the candidates for a job, so they may select the best fit for their organization’s needs. Think of an interview as a final examination. It’s your chance to show a potential employer that you’ve got what it takes to be a part of their organization. Like any examination, the interview is best taken when you’re well prepared. While there’s no way of knowing exactly what questions you will be asked (just like a college final!) you can follow 10 simple rules to help you give your best performance possible!

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International Students
  On-campus job while you study?
  • On-campus employment for F-1 students does not require written approval if you are maintaining lawful F-1 status.  
  • J-1 students must meet with an International Student Advisor prior to accepting employment.
  • Your on-campus job does not need to be related to your field of study.
  • You cannot exceed more than 20 hours of employment per week during the fall and spring semesters.

*Note: Intensive English Center students are not eligible for on- or off-campus employment.

Pursuing an off-campus job or internship before graduation?

Off-campus employment and internships require approval from either an International
Student Advisor or USCIS prior to employment.

*Please note: Anyone wishing to work on or off campus must have a Social Security Number (SSN) in order to
begin employment. The purpose of an SSN is to help the government keep track of an individual's
earnings in the U.S. for tax purposes. Click here for information on obtaining a Social Security
Number. 

 

 

 

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