I’m often asked what sort of jobs there are for chemists who want to leave the bench. Usually I try to tailor the answer to the person to whom I’m talking – I find out about their interests, skills, talents, and then suggest some things they may be interested in. The other day I sat down to see just how many possibilities I could come up with – different jobs, places to work, and so on. Below is my list, but I’m sure there others I’ve missed. Feel free to suggest others in the comments!
Communication – technical writer, technical editor, science writer, journalist, video producer, working freelance or for scientific publisher or scientific organization
Information – searching/retrieval, science librarian, technical information center manager, abstracter, indexer, database developer, project management, for academia, industry, professional organization,
Patents – searching, researching, writing, prosecuting (applying for), litigating (fighting infringement of), as patent searcher, patent liaison, patent agent, patent attorney
Sales and Marketing – customer support, technical sales (inside or outside sales), technical buyer, product development, product management, account manager,
Business Development – technology transfer, product management, product development, corporate development, liaison
Regulatory Affairs/public policy – public health, inspector, product regulatory stewardship, science advisor, lobbyist, working for company, government, law firm, public agency,
Safety – laboratory safety officer, environmental manager, consultant
Human resources – recruiting, management,
Computers – computational chemistry molecular modeling, database development, database management,
Education – teaching high school, adjunct at college or university, community college, provost, department chair, dean
Science photographer, art conservator, material scientist….