How to get work in science as a layman?
February 18, 2009 9:22 AM Subscribe
What sorts of science-y work are available for a non-professional?
posted by lholladay to science & nature (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the story:
I work a day job in IT, which is fine, but a bit unfulfilling. When work is slow, I read science blogs, books, articles, etc. I am fascinated by the scientific endeavour and would very much like to contribute in some way.
My college degree is in Theatre. I have no professional science experience. All I have is enthusiasm and the ability to pick up new skills quickly.
Are there any sorts of scientific opportunities for a non-professional like myself? I am willing to consider volunteer work, as I doubt anyone would be willing to pay me at first, given my lack of experience.
I'll take any and all suggestions, but what I have in mind when i think of science work is something like "lab monkey", or some sort of assistant to a field worker. I live in Chicago.