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Career Abstract


Your presentation includes an abstract (a summary) of your product and process work on your own topic. It includes:

  1. Research Question : What career best fits your interests?
  2. Hypothesis (I thought that...)
  3. Method (your process-- how you researched or conducted an experiment)
  4. Observation (summary of your discoveries from an experiment or a link to your notes and sources--Sources (What sources did your use?))
  5. Conclusion ( What conclusions were drawn; what generalizations made; what issue discovered and solved)

Career Abstract Summary

Directions for How to Write a Career Abstract Summary
This outline may also be used for a summary of research.
Note: This is a partially completed model; yours will be more complete with accurate links.

Title and Author


Give topic and scientist information

Center the title on your paper on the top line.

Beneath the title write your name.

Next place the lab location.

Finally, write the date.

Career Research: Science Teacher
Sheri Edwards

Career Research

Grade 8


Science Research Question

Explain why this research was made: What question are you trying to answer.

Write your science question.

What science career best fits my interests?


Before the lab or experiment, a scientist makes an educated guess as to what s/he thinks will discover.

Write what you think the answer to your question will be.

I think I will like a job that is creative and always interesting, something that is different everyday and I have some control over the activities.

Materials and Method

Other scientists must be able to conduct this research also. This information provides a summary of yours. 

Explain how  you discovered your interests, what they were, and how you found the jobs that fit your interests. Link to your sources.

I completed interest surveys (link to results) and discovered that my interests and style fit with the categories social and investigative. I relate to people and am curious about the world enough to look for solutions.


This explains the facts your discovered about your interests and the careers of choice.

Write a summary of your field data--what did you observe? What did happen?

I discovered that three jobs fit me the best: elementary teacher, industrial arts teacher, and web developer. All three involve working with people. All three involve curiosity and problem-solving. All three are creative and require good communication, knowledge about the subject, and collaborating with others to finish a project.

(link to your career research document in Step Two).


This explains the truth--why the hypothesis was accurate or not.

Explain what the observations mean. Use the information from your research question to explain what job fit your interests.

Therefore, I would still choose "teacher," because it is different everyday, but still requires knowledge and skill, and constant learning about how the world works. I have control over how to teach, even though I must follow required courses and standards. 


Explain how this information is helpful to the people and the world.

Write how other people can use this information.

If someone else needed to change careers, I would advise them to follow this process -- to discover the skills and interests you already have and match it to the jobs that fit those skills and interests.  I will suggest that the school develop more career investigations so students can look at the many jobs that are available to them. (link to our letter)