Return of the Revenge of the Project for Non-Academic Science

I've been doing a lot of darkness-cursing lately (mostly off-line), so we could stand to have a little candle-lighting. It's been a few years since I last did a round of profiles of scientists outside academia, so let's see if that will fly again...

So, if you 1) Have a degree in a STEM field (BA/BS, MA/MS, Ph.D., whatever), 2) Have a career that doesn't involve people calling you "Professor," and 3) Are willing to share answers to a few simple questions about how you got there and how your science background helps, drop me a line. You can leave a comment here, email me (orzelc at steelypips which is not a com but an org), or hit me on social media @orzelc on Twitter, easily searchable on Facebook and G+), and I'll send you the list of questions.

If I get a reasonable number of responses, I'll lightly edit them and post them here as a slight signal boost for cool things you can do with a science degree that don't require entering the academic rat race. If I don't get any responses, well, we'll pretend I never posted this...

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Your readers can find plenty of examples of people who started down the academic path, but then took a right turn and ended up elsewhere, at the Astrobetter blog:

Look for entries titled "Career Profiles".

By Michael Richmond (not verified) on 18 Nov 2014 #permalink

If you would like to hear from a pediatrician, send me the list

By Don Cotler (not verified) on 18 Nov 2014 #permalink

I'm a physician (neonatology) who started out as a high school physics teacher. Send me the questions, please.

By Rick Meidell (not verified) on 18 Nov 2014 #permalink

Hi Chad

I would be happy to take part.


By Hamish Johnston (not verified) on 18 Nov 2014 #permalink

I am a former Physicist working as an engineer and would be happy to take part.

By Steven Olson (not verified) on 19 Nov 2014 #permalink

I would be happy to participate!

By Irene Cesa (not verified) on 19 Nov 2014 #permalink

Hi Chad,

I'd love to help.
I'm a PhD chemist working as a science teacher at the moment.