No PhD required!

Scientific jobs all require years and years of schooling, right? Long hours in the laboratory, late nights with your nose buried in a textbook, and a seemingly never-ending parade of exams and thesis-writing. Actually, this doesn’t have to be the case. Fascinated by the STEM fields but less motivated to take on a PhD? Here are some women making it happen in the STEM fields with no PhD!

“Security princess”

Parisa Tabriz received her Bachelors and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the University of Illinois. She now heads a team of 25 at Google, as a computer security expert (also known as a hacker). Their goal? To make Chrome “the most secure way to browse the internet”.

On her self-described “unremarkable home on the web”, she states that “information security is fun, and I’m pretty lucky I get paid to work on it with the world’s best."

Music Data Analyst

Liv Buli wields data “to decipher the business of music.” She works for the music analytics company Next Big Sound and provides analyses about general trends in the industry, and upcoming events and music festivals. She often spots up and coming artists long before they make their big break (The Lumineers, for example), and relays her findings through “data-driven stories about all facets of the music industry”.

The tools of her trade? Excel and technical software like my SQL, and a good set of headphones.

Legoland Designer

So this sounds a little wacky. Mandy Jouan designs those massive structures made out of legos at at Legoland. Her background just happens to be in art, with a degree in sculpture from the University of California, San Diego. She ended up pairing her love of art with some electrical design courses and now spends time on computer programs like Rhino and Photoshop to bring her visions to life.

Electrical engineer and entrepreneur 

So the job title may sound pretty ordinary, but Limor Fried, founder of the electronics and tutorial company, Adafruit, is anything but.

She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and went on to start her company aiming to “create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels”. You can learn now to make clothes that light up, or purchase any number of sound boards, kits, and other electronic parts to help you create your own project. Innovation, curiosity, and accessibility all wrapped into one!

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