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I want a job where I can: research/gather information, organize and do basic, preliminary analysis on said information, write reports. But not a paralegal, not in academia, probably not in tech. What field with a decent employment outlook would allow me to utilize my strengths? [little long inside, sorry!]
posted by peacrow to Work & Money (21 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
I looked into paralegal training; the local community college has a good program and they offered to waive all Gen Ed reqs for me (I am ABD in a social science). But the job prospects for paralegals are just as grim as the rest of the legal industry. I'm not out to make tons of money, but I'd like to have a living wage and health insurance. I've given up the idea of working in law.
I plan to stay ABD and can't stomach the idea of working for a university in any capacity. This may change in the future, but for right now, I can't return to my prison in the Ivory Tower.
Tech is out because I am not technologically inclined. It's a goddamn miracle I know how to download apps on my phone.
Other skills I have that are less important than the research/analysis/writing portion: love working in teams, but fine if my work is solitary. I cannot work from home or have 0 interaction with co-workers. I enjoy doing bookkeeping, financial justifications, making schedules, office management type things, but only have informal experience as a defacto office manager for a research lab. I was a contract archaeologist for several years and have analytical and writing experience outside of academia. Lots of experience working with state government offices/bureaucracy/red tape.
I've always been drawn to public arts, museums, but have no strong preference to work in that field more than any other field, like medical/financial/education, etc. I am willing to return to school for a few more years, to earn a certificate or AA/S.
What are some career tracks I should look in to to utilize the things I like/am good at?