Course 12 Careers: PhD Not Required
Our alumni have found a multitude of career paths in industry, government, and public education that don’t necessarily require a PhD.
Join us for a discussion and open forum where a few Course 12 alumni share their diverse experiences and offer their best advice for pursuing a wide variety of careers with a bachelor’s degree in Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences!
Mary Spanjers (Class of 2018) is a Software QA Engineer for Schlumberger Ltd. in Houston, TX who studied Geology during her time at MIT. She initially took a position with Schlumberger as a Hydraulic Fracturing Field Engineer before applying for a 6-month Quality Analyst position within the Unconventional Software Center. After that assignment concluded she accepted a similar position within the Drilling Software Center. Mary offers perspectives on applying your education to diverse positions and staying flexible within your career.
Costa Christopoulos (Class of 2017) started working as a Customer Success Meteorologist at ClimaCell in Boston after graduating with an EAPS and Physics degree. ClimaCell is a hyperlocal weather forecasting company that builds in-house products to improve near real-time, short-term, and long-term weather forecasts using unconventional data sources. Costa transitioned to an Atmospheric Data Scientist after a few months at ClimaCell, focusing on algorithms for real-time, high-resolution, global data products.
Ashley Peter (Class of 2015) is a Program Management Engineer at NASA Headquarters supporting the Artemis deep space human exploration program. While at MIT, Ashley double majored in Course 15 along with Course 12, which led her to a position in federal consulting in Washington, DC after graduation. Ashley transitioned to the government after working in consulting for four years and recently received her Master’s degree in Space Policy from George Washington University.
Alison Klesman (Class of 2003 & 2004) is Senior Associate Editor of Astronomy magazine who studied comets, asteroids, and Pluto (when it was still a planet!) at MIT. She earned her Ph.D. at University of Florida working on supermassive black holes in galaxy clusters, then changed tacks entirely and became a night sky tour guide and website content writer for four years before starting at Astronomy. Alison offers perspectives on science writing, speaking, and outreach, as well as the varied opportunities that come along with them, including product design and development.