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How to Become a Scientist

Scientists help explain how the world around us works, and carry out experiments to create new things. They have a knack of looking at the world from a different prospective and uncovering the facts behind the mysteries of nature. Scientists use their knowledge to help people, animals and plants. Wherever you look, you will find science and its applications in our everyday lives. Since there are many branches of science, a scientist chooses the area that interests him or her [source: Buzzle]. If this sounds like the field for you, carry on and learn how to become a scientist.

  1. Make sure that being a scientist is really what you want. Scientists have to be the type of person who can sit all alone and concentrate on one topic for a long time.
  2. Decide what field of science you'd like to specialize in.
  3. Take as many high school courses as you can in the subject of your choice. Strive to get good marks so you'll be admitted to a good college or university.
  4. Earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in the field of science that interests you.
  5. It will also be very beneficial if you earn a doctorate in your field.
  6. Get experience in your field by shadowing other scientists. This will give you practical experience and will let you learn what it's like to be a scientist.

You're now ready to get a job as a scientist and have an impact on the world [source: Admission Success].