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There really isn't a typical day in any career path.  However, by exploring the average days of those already working in the field you are considering, you'll have a better idea of what you might expect.  Throughout this site you'll find profiles of professionals working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare.  Most individuals profiled were asked what their average day was like.  By exploring individual degree fields and these profiles, you'll be able to envision yourself in their shoes, and consider how their workload and average day might work for you.  The following are samples from a few profiles.


Norris Allman, P.E.
Senior Supervising Test Engineer
Public Service Electric & Gas

"Normally, my day begins when I arrive at about 7:30. What we have to do is go over all the time sheets for what people were working on the previous night. Then, I'll meet with the test engineers, all of the seniors, and find out what sort of problems they may have had the day before. We do a lot of testing for asbestos, and normally, there may be a very hot project that's in the works. So, I'll go over with the test engineer what he's done for the previous day's work. We also do radiological testing downstairs, so I'll also touch base with the test engineer in charge of the radiological sampling, to find out what has happened previously."
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Madhulika Guhathakurta
Solar Physicist
NASA / Goddard Space Flight Center

"I work with mostly physicists, other physicists, solar astronomers, astrophysicists. I collaborate with people from universities quite a bit. Working here is really nice. Our time is so flexible. It's not like I have to punch a clock between 8 to 5. I can come here anytime. I can leave anytime. I can work anytime. I am free to work at night. Free to work on weekends. Anytime I want to." 
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James Monroe
Associate Attorney
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

"I'll use yesterday as an example. I got in about 8 o'clock in the morning, and I had to spend about an hour tying up some loose ends from a just-settled litigation that I spent basically a year on. I had to call some of our witnesses who were planning to come to trial in a couple of weeks and let them know they didn't have to, and I had to prepare a stipulation to file with the court, notifying the court that we had settled and that we were withdrawing our complaint and both sides were in agreement. Then I spent a couple of hours talking to a client for whom I'd been counseling on what they should do with their technology. Should they seek patent protection? Should they keep what they're doing as a trade secret? In the afternoon, I drafted a patent application for a client whom I've worked with for several years. So I worked on that for the first part of the afternoon. Due to timing, I spent the rest of the afternoon preparing for a patent litigation course that I teach. But you never know from day-to-day what's going to happen. There are times when you're working from 8 o'clock in the morning till 10 o'clock at night." Download Full Profile as PDF  View Full Profile Online

Sandra McCain
Ink Development Engineer
Lexmark International

"I get here about eight o'clock and start formulating inks. That's what I work on-ink jetting ink. We're working with new materials every day-different formulations, testing our new products, trying them out. Is this going to work? How does it look here? That's a major portion of my day. I also have to attend a lot of meetings and keep in touch with what the other groups are doing in my area, because we all have to interact and make sure we're all on the same wavelength as far as developing new products."
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