Archive for the ‘Nontraditional Career Options’ Category

Project Management

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Another nontraditional career that I see many scientists moving into is project management.  After all, anyone who made it through graduate school managed at least their own reasearch project – time, materials, and people needed to get the job done.  Just Another Electron Pusher has a great article on one chemist’s journey from the bench to project management.  Check it out!

Project management as a bridge between roles in science and business

Mickey Mouse Chemistry

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

There’s a great post over at Just Another Electron Pusher about a chemist who took a different path, and is now working (or playing) every day at Disney.  Read all about hos how his chemisry background got him in the door, and has sustained him through a fabulous career as an Imagineer.  Check it out!

Profile: Alfredo M. Ayala Jr., Disney Imagineer

Process Chemistry: From A Teaspoon To A Ton

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010

I’ve spoken many times about some of the hidden jobs within chemistry – formulations, process chemistry, and so on.  C&EN just published a nice article on process chemistry – what it is, and what it does.  Check it out at From A Teaspoon To A Ton .

Second Careers in Teaching

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Check out Second Careers in Teaching – An Interview with Jennifer Anastasoff , recently published on the ACS Careers blog and written by yours truly.

More Job Possibilities?

Friday, April 16th, 2010

Popular Science has published a list of the 10 worst jobs in science, and USA Today has a summary.  Check them out, and then decide if your job is really as bad as you thought it was.

It’s not just scientists….

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Lots of people are being forced to rethink and rewrite their careers in the face of a changing business landscape.  Check out Finding a New You — Reinventing Your Career After Being Laid Off from ABC news.

Resource List Updated

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

For those of you who are considering nontraditional careers, I just updated all the links at

Everything there now works, so feel free to check out all the resources and places you can take your career.  And if you know of any other great resources that should be listed there, please let me know about them.

Organic Chemists Move Away From the Bench

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Chemical and Engineering News just published an article entitled Organic Chemistry Far From The Bench. In it they tell stories of a number of scientists with education in organic chemistry, who have found career satisfaction in wildly different areas, from CEO of a biotech firm to a senior trade analyst. Knowing your own strengths and interests, as well as flexibility, are keys to success in, or out of, any field.

Check it out!

Adding an MBA to a Science Degree

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Chemjobber posted the results of an interesting survey on what people though of bench chemists who went on to earn MBAs. It also includes a brief interview with an EHS chemist who did just that. The conclusion: Science/MBAs: they’re just like you and me!

Check it out!

BTW, This is post #300 on this blog, in just over 3 years. Yeah!

Why do we go into science?

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Why did you choose a career in science? (Or why did you not?) A brief article recently posted talks about Science and Career Uncertainty . While it’s all well and good to try to convince more people to go into the sciences, we want to make sure they know what they are getting into. Unrealistic promises and expectations do not do anyone any good.

The author makes the same point I have been making for years – there are a plethora of careers out there that let you be involve in science, without having to work at a lab bench. What we need to do is make students and young professionals aware of these options, so they can make more informed decisions about their professional futures.

Ideas on how to do this are more than welcome!