Katie Porter posted a comment that I have promoted to a more general discussion so that answers may be more easily posted by everyone:

Hi all. My name is Katie, I have recently began researching Entomology. I am 21 years old, have my AA and am almost graduated with a construction management degree. Unfor[tuna]tly it took till now for me to really take a step back and look at what I have always been interested in, which is insects. I'm interested in getting a degree in entomology or at least biology. I'm looking for any insight or recommendations any one has for me.... thank you 

What tips would you give Katie or others just realizing how cool insects are and how they might lead to a degree or career in them?  Certainly many of us on this list came late to the realization of just how amazing these arthropods are, while others knew from an early age, so 21 is certainly not too old to explore new interests by any means.

Assuming that you are close to a college or university that offers either a course in entomology or perhaps a laboratory looking for help, or even just arranging to visit entomologists whose research or jobs you might be interested in finding out more about could be a good first step.  Accomplishing this would likely require some web searches to get you started.  Your local park district or wildlife area programs may be another source.

What other hints might you offer Katie and others wanting to explore whether entomology or biology might be a good fit for them?

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  • To add to Erin's reply: Combining in an interdisciplinary way a construction management degree with an entomology degree, particularly one focused on structural pests, could be a very successful strategy. Pest pressure is rarely taken into consideration in building design and construction, leading to construction elements that frustrate structural pest control efforts. With expertise in construction and entomology, Katie could find employment opportunities with design/construction firms smart enough to incorporate pest-proofing into buildings, thereby saving clients money -- always a selling point. A book on the subject that might interest Katie is Imholt and Imholte-Tascher's "Engineering for Food Safety and Sanitation: A Guide to the Sanitary Design of Food Plants and Food Plant Equipment."

  • Another encouraging look at the faces of scientists, including entomologists http://lookslikescience.tumblr.com/ --thanks BugGirl, for pointing out this link!

  • Gwen Pearson posted the following link on Facebook describing the less than straight path of so many scientists http://vimeo.com/35829872. So if you think you're alone in the twists your career path has taken/may take, think again! You've got plenty of good company!!

  • I think a construction management degree would help very much if Katie wants to pursue a career in structural pest managent/urban entomology.  With an AA and her construction degree, she would probably only need to take several entomolgy courses to get a second degree in entomology.

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