Scientific Fields That Don’t Require a PhD

If you are looking to get into a science related field but don’t have your PhD yet, or don’t want to go that far with your studies, you are in luck. There are a lot of things that you can do. Let’s take a peek at a few of them.

Biological Storage

You might decide that you don’t enjoy working around a lot of people and that is fine. You have many options that won’t require that. One of them is working at a biorepository. A biorepository is a biological storage facility. Someone working in a place like this would physically receive and then store biological samples and retrieve them when necessary.  You might also ship them at times.  You can get a job at a biorepository with only a bachelor's degree as well as some experience in sample management, shipping and receiving, and data entry.

Stem Cell Research

This is one field that offers people career options in medical science that are lucrative. This is currently one of the most viable options for young people looking to get into a science related field. Stem cell research is often called the “Future of Modern Medicine”. New discoveries and advancements are being made in stem cell research all the time. What does it actually involve? This is a level of scientific research that is advanced and carried out by people from a variety of science backgrounds in order to locate efficient and innovative therapies for a variety of ailments. Some of this work is done in a clean room.


The people in this field are thought of as sort of scuba divers for the human body. No, they don’t literally go inside of people, but they do use ultrasound tech to see all of the organs that are hidden below the surface of the skin. This high - tech job requires people who can help doctors assess and even diagnose injuries and diseases. Like some of the other jobs in the medical field, you can get into this field in more than a single way. You can get an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in sonography or if you already have training as a nurse, you might be able to take a one year certificate program to get you ready for a career as a sonographer.

Environmental Scientist

This type of scientist can be thought of as a sort of problem solver for the environment. Depending on what specialty you choose – health, chemistry, or protection – you might be gathering field data in an effort to restore wetlands that are polluted, come up with recommendations to slow the depletion of the ozone, or try to come up with plans to ensure that our air remains safe for us to breathe. To get ready for a career in this field, you need a bachelor’s degree in one of the natural science fields, such as chemistry or biology. If you want to get into the field before you get your bachelor’s you can become an environmental field technician as long as you have your associate’s degree in a field that is science related.


We, as a society, rely on gas and oil to fuel our vehicles, heat our homes and run some of our appliances. Geotechs – shortened version of geological technicians, are now on the front line when it comes to exploring and being able to extract new areas of these natural resources. Sometimes employers will hire people who only have their high school diploma, but most of the time they prefer people who are aspiring to be geotechs and as such have a minimum of an associate’s degree in a field such as chemistry or geology.
Remember that you don’t need a PhD to make a change in the world. There are plenty of things in the STEM fields that you can do. The ones listed here are just a few of them. What other ones can you come up with?