What the heck am I qualified for?
September 17, 2008 7:32 AM Subscribe
I'm planning on leaving my high-pressure hard science PhD program for something that won't make me hate life quite so much. The problem is that I really don't want to go back to biotech/pharma industry, especially without a PhD, unless totally necessary to support my family. So what am I good for?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I've stopped really caring about my research, which makes the long hours and financial crunch pretty unbearable. I already have an M.S. (organic chemistry) and a few years of low-level biotech experience post-undergrad (not much in the way of useful skills acquired, but I can B.S. that a little if I needed a QA/QC job). I've put some thought into teaching, which is something I enjoy and get good reviews for at the undergrad level, but I don't know how well I'd do in a high school. So I'd like to have some other ideas in mind, and it's hard to know what else is out there for the scientifically-trained when you've been on the same path for the better part of a decade.
Anything at which a person can make a reasonable living with my kind of background (or minimal retraining) is fair game, but bonus points for jobs that are outdoors, are family friendly, and/or help make the world a better place.