Scientist Career in Industry

Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?

What jobs can a scientist do (and enjoy) outside of academia? (Online and in-person)

Industry career workshop for scientists

When considering a career in industry, many scientists face real challenges.  We know that the private sector is a great place for engineers, but what about those of us with science training? Can we find a rewarding career path? Will we enjoy working in industry? In the last ten years I have interviewed dozens of scientists who have built successful careers in industry, seeking to learn what they enjoy about their careers and what strengths made them so successful.

This webinar is a compilation of what I’ve learned from those interviews, as well as from my own private sector career, to answer that critical question posed in the title.

This seminar gives participants the answers to the following questions:

  1. What are the strengths of a scientist that make them uniquely valuable in industry?
  2. What are some of the industry jobs that are a great fit for a scientist?
  3. Can a scientist find the same opportunity for freedom and creativity in industry?

Scientists working in the private sector find that there is often no single right answer to many of the questions they face. For a scientist who has been trained in the skills and habits of looking for right answers, this is often a shift in thinking. At TurningScience, we say that being successful requires understanding that ‘It’s a game, not a formula.’ This talk is your first big step towards understanding this principle!


David M. Giltner, PhD – Founder and President of TurningScience

David has spent more than twenty years developing cutting-edge photonics technologies into commercial products in the fields of optical communications, remote sensing, directed energy, and scientific instrumentation. In 2017 he started TurningScience to provide training and support for scientists of all disciplines seeking to enter the private sector as employees, collaborators, or entrepreneurs.

David is the author of the books Turning Science into Things People Need: Voices of Scientists Working in Industry and It’s a Game, not a Formula: How to Succeed as a Scientist Working in the Private Sector and is an internationally recognized speaker and mentor on the topics of technology commercialization, product development, and career design. David has a BS and PhD in physics and holds seven patents in the fields of laser spectroscopy and optical communications.

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