Considering Non-Traditional Careers in Entomology

June 1, 2016
2 p.m. EDT

While tenure track academic jobs are often heralded as the traditional career path, most MS and PhD’s are finding employment in other fields. What are these other alternative career options and how do you find out about them? This webinar introduces three attractive options, county extension and 4-H, USDA-APHIS and the world of regulatory agriculture, and faculty positions at a teaching institution with opportunities for world travel. The presenters will also talk about how to find more information about alternative career options and what you can do to prepare for the job of your future!

Alex Bryant

Alex Bryant is a County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her career in Extension, she received a B.S. in Biology and Psychology at the University of Louisville, KY and M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University. Alex currently works with approximately 1,625 youth in Breckinridge County, Kentucky providing 4-H programming and developing leadership in adult volunteers.

Participants will learn:

  • Skills to survive as a 4-H Extension Agent
  • Benefits of traversing the 4-H wilderness
  • Opportunities for Entomology programming and outreach through 4-H
  • Discussion of the new 4-H Cockroach Curriculum that fulfills Next Generation Science Standards for 6th-8th grade 

David Serrano

David holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Florida and is an Associate Professor and the Program Manager for the Environmental Science Bachelors program at Broward College (Ft Lauderdale). David also leads study abroad courses to the Peruvian Amazon and the Pacific Northwest (US and Canada).

Participants will learn:

  • Why working at “community college” is the best job ever.
  • Strategies for attaining a faculty position at a 100% teaching institution.

Esther Serrano, D.P.M.

Esther works as an entomologist identifying insects intercepted by CBP and USDA inspectors at Florida Ports of Entry. She holds a Doctorate of Plant Medicine from the University of Florida that has enabled her to work as both a Plant Pathologist and Entomologist during her ten years with USDA-APHIS.

Participants will learn:

  • USDA-APHIS and the world of Regulatory Agriculture. Jobs that are NOT “publish or perish”
  • Job hunting for two- Wanting to live in the same city as your spouse but not work with them