Absolutely!

“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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Here are five job types that I have found can be an excellent fit for a physicist:

  • System engineer
  • Reliability engineer
  • Project manager
  • Engineering manager
  • Process development engineer

That’s right, they all have either ‘Engineer’ or ‘Manager’ in the title.  The fact is, few jobs in the private sector will have the word ‘physicist’ in the title.

No problem. Just make sure you remember how working in industry is different than working in academia, and you’ll be just fine.

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