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Big Data, Energy & Innovation

Professionals within this career community utilize mathematical reasoning and the scientific method to shape technological advances and affect change. It is common for careers within this career community to be involved in the development, maintaining, testing and evaluating solutions using predictive analytics or other advanced methods to extract value from data. These careers advance technology and science through computer programming, within oil, gas, and alternative energy industries, and participate in research and development in a wide range of industries.

Intentional Wandering Action Steps

Explore, Practice, ConnectCuriosity is the key to making the most of your college experience.  Intentional wandering within your career community provides focus and purpose to your collective experiences.  Explore, Practice and Connect in everything that you do.


Whether they are required by your major or not, it will be important to have a strong foundation in mathematical sciences and the scientific method.  Explore your aptitude and industry applications in these classes.  Prepare for these careers by using skills and concepts learned in these classes to solve real-world problems.  Engage in the career community by discussing with faculty who teach these courses how the class concepts are being used currently in industry, research and government.
Experiences outside of the classroom offer an opportunity to explore your scientific aptitude and interest in this career community; prepare for a career by gaining experience, and engage with professionals.  Examples include field camps, substantial research projects, study abroad, math or science competitions, volunteer work, or service learning projects.
This program, offered by the UA Career Development Center, will help you fully prepare for your career by walking you through the process of career and personal exploration.  You’ll learn resume and interview preparation and how to engage with professionals in your field.
Explore your career options by reviewing job descriptions and graduate program emphases early.  Prepare by compiling your resume, practicing interviewing, and talking with professionals within this career community.  Many Big Data, Energy & Innovation companies recruit most heavily in the fall semester, for both May and December graduates. If you have chosen to pursue graduate education, you will begin applying for those programs at the very beginning of your final year.
If there is a student organization directly related to your future career, join it so you can further explore the field and engage with other students and professionals interested in the area. Also, prepare for a career in this career community by improving your budgeting, leadership, and communication skills through accomplishments within your student organization.
Find an internship related to this career community, and/or part-time or summer work experience.  Use internship experience to further explore the industry to determine whether it is a good fit for you.  Prepare for a career by gaining experience in the field.  And engage with professionals you meet in your internship- capitalize on your time in the internship to conduct information interviews professionals in various departments.  

Examples of Professions
Corporate Research and Development, Data Scientist, Geologist, Insight Analyst, Market Researcher, Geophysicist, Toxicologist, GIS Analyst, App or Web Developer, UX/UI Designer, Actuarian, Business Development Analyst, Pricing Analyst, Data Engineer, Economist, Biologist, Physicist, Chemist, Statistician, etc.

Examples of Employers
ArcBest Corporation, Inuvo, Tata Consultancy, PrivacyStar, CA Technologies, GM, Dillards IT, Mustang Technology Group, Acxiom, FIS, capSpire, Cerner Corporation, Applied Predictive Technologies, BMW Manufacturing, Johns Hopkins University, JB Hunt, GEICO, USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chesapeake Energy, EOG Resources, Southwestern Energy, Devon Energy, Burns & McDonnell, EPA, Inteliblue

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Learn more about this Career Community:

A timeline for this career community both in and out of the classroom in order to prepare for a successful future.  Also included are industry-oriented resources. Use these as guides to plan your own Fulbright College experience - make the most of your time here!

A sample resume when you graduate if you are part of the Big Data, Energy, & Innovation Career Community.

If you have questions, start with your academic advisor in the Fulbright College Academic Advising Center or visit the UA Career Development Center.