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A Chemistry background prepares you for much more than just a laboratory career. The broad science education, analytical thinking, research methods, and other skills learned are of value to a wide variety of types of employers, and essential for a plethora of types of positions.
Those who are interested in chemistry tend to have some similar personality traits and characteristics. By understanding your own personal values and interests, you can make informed decisions about what career paths to explore, and identify positions that match your needs.
By expanding your options for not only what you will do, but also the environment in which you will do it, you can vastly increase the available employment opportunities, and increase the likelihood of finding enjoyable and lucrative employment.
Each chapter in this book provides background information on a nontraditional field, including typical tasks, education or training requirements, and personal characteristics that make for a successful career in that field. Each chapter also contains detailed profiles of several chemists working in that field. The reader gets a true sense of what these people do on a daily basis, what in their background prepared them to move into this field, and what skills, personality, and knowledge are required to make a success of a career in this new field. Advice for people interested in moving into the field, and predictions for the future of that career, are also included from each person profiled. Career fields profiled include communication, chemical information, patents, sales and marketing, business development, regulatory affairs, public policy, safety, human resources, computers, and several others.
Taken together, the career descriptions and real case histories provide a complete picture of each nontraditional career path, as well as valuable advice about how career transitions can be planned and successfully achieved by any chemist.
Posted August 7, 2008
Regardless of whether you are a chemist or not, this is a highly informative book about careers for scientists who can use their deep technical knowledge while not doing bench work. With a focus on chemists, the book explores careers in broad areas such as in academia, government and industry. Each chapter includes a summary of a chosen career area, which includes several individual profiles. Each profile generally includes personal career paths, advice and future predictions. The author explores careers in unusual areas that are I have rarely seen covered elsewhere, such as library sciences, criminology, environmental health and safety, and in more common areas, such as communications, patent law, business development, sales, regulatory affairs, human resources, software development and education. This book is well written and easy to read. The personal vignettes relate a consistent story of the love of science and there is an upbeat, positive attitude throughout the book. In particular, the advice sections were very insightful, and I will definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring non-bench careers in the life sciences.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.