Interesting Science Jobs
August 3, 2014 7:15 PM   Subscribe

Help me find interesting, unique jobs in the sciences - physics, biology, or chemistry.

Some more details about me and what I'm looking for - 27 with a BA in Biology, currently working in IT. I really miss being involved in the sciences and am looking for a way to get back in. I'm willing to go back to school (or if there is a way to start now I'd love to hear about that too) but I'm trying to find inspiration about non-typical jobs in the sciences. I'm not looking for a research type job and I have pretty diverse interests from epidemiology to ai. So any suggestions for interesting science jobs and advice for getting into those fields is greatly appreciated.
posted by theboxpenguin to Work & Money (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a "Scientist" in scientific affairs at a dietary supplement company. (I have a BS in Biology, though everybody else in my department has an MS or a PhD.) I write reports that support the safety and efficacy of the ingredients in our products. For example, let's say marketing wants to say that one of our products "contains DHA for brain health" -- my job would be to write up a summary of all the science I can find on DHA and brain health, and then to tell them whether I think we can honestly say that. If I can't support a claim, they can't use it. I also write the occasional white paper on other science-related topics. It's a cool job for a person who likes reading a lot of journal articles and writing.
posted by pH Indicating Socks at 8:57 PM on August 3, 2014 [2 favorites]

If you have both a strong science background and computing skills (pretty much anywhere along the IT spectrum, from coding to architecture to hardware) there are lots of really great challenges that need your existing skills. Computational biology, informatics, systems biology, the whole world of medical research as the next-generation-DNA-sequencing revolution unfolds.
posted by Sublimity at 4:27 AM on August 4, 2014 [2 favorites]

if you're in the US and are willing to live in DC, patent examiner. or go to law school and study to be a patent attorney. the job climate may not be the most hospitable for these choices right now, but wanted to toss out some options for you to consider/research.
posted by smokyjoe at 11:24 AM on August 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

Science communicator or educator (not just in the traditional 'teacher of kids' mode) - science journalist (explaining recent research and/or complex ideas in layman's terms using good analogies), informal educator (out of school clubs, science museums, science festivals) - these are great if you have diverse interests because they cover such a broad range of material.
posted by atlantica at 3:35 PM on August 4, 2014 [1 favorite]

I have an interesting, unique science job! MeMail me!
posted by spelunkingplato at 9:28 PM on August 4, 2014

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