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Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?


“If you have a good science education then the world is your oyster, and you can do almost anything.” – Tanja Beshear, physicist working in industry

‘Turning Science into Things People Need,’ is a project exploring scientists who chose a career in industry instead of the ‘traditional’ academic path.  I’m interviewing 25 of these successful scientists to get their stories and understand:

  • Skills and attributes of a scientist that are useful in industry
  • Roles in a commercial organization that are suited to a scientist
  • Skills and habits that a scientist should develop to be successful in industry

As I work towards completing the book, I will post interview excerpts and other thoughts about careers in the private sector on this site.  Check back often, and thank you for visiting!

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3 thoughts on “Can a Scientist Find a Rewarding Career in Industry?

  1. David, what a fascinating project! There are a lot of us out there… I’m looking forward to reading the book. JZ, MS in physical chemistry, a decade as a test engineer

  2. Thanks, Joe! It has been a lot of fun to work on, and I’m giving a talk on the book at Photonics West next weekend. I’d appreciate any feedback you have on the book.

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