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More Alternative Career Options for Scientists

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Credit: Sergey Nivens/Adobe

By Tim Nielsen

A research career doesn’t suit everybody, but the skill sets of scientists can lead to rewarding careers beyond academia, such as in sales and business management.

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Last month I outlined how low pay, insecure contract work and generally poor prospects in academia are prompting many young researchers to seek fulfilment and security outside of the traditional academic career path. I discussed two alternative careers – regulatory affairs and high school teaching – that are suitable for scientists looking to transition from academia to something new.

Since the article was published I’ve been contacted by a number of former scientists wanting to share their own career journeys in the hope that they might provide some inspiration for those looking for a path out of the lab. This month I’ll tell you about two more career options where an education in the sciences can find valuable application, both directly and indirectly: medical sales, and business ownership and management.

Medical and Scientific Sales and Marketing

The manufacturers and distributors of scientific equipment, laboratory supplies, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and the like all need suitably qualified representatives to liaise with their discerning clientele of doctors and scientists and advise them about the benefits and applications of their products and services. Given the complexity of these products, sales is a field where...

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