Alternative Careers in Science

2nd Edition

Leaving the Ivory Tower

Editors: Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Paperback ISBN: 9780125893763
eBook ISBN: 9780080454986
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 26th August 2005
Page Count: 320
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Description

Many science students find themselves in the midst of graduate school or sitting at a lab bench, and realize that they hate lab work! Even worse is realizing that they may love science, but science (at least academic science) is not providing many job opportunities these days. What's a poor researcher to do !? This book gives first-hand descriptions of the evolution of a band of hardy scientists out of the lab and into just about every career you can imagine. Researchers from every branch of science found their way into finance, public relations, consulting, business development, journalism, and more - and thrived there! Each author tells their personal story, including descriptions of their career path, a typical day, where to find information on their job, opportunities to career growth, and more. This is a must-read for every science major, and everyone who is looking for a way to break out of their career rut.

Key Features

  • An insider's look at the wide range of job opportunities for scientists yearning to leave the lab
  • First-person stories from researchers who successfully made the leap from science into finance, journalism, law, public policy, and more.
  • Tips on how to track down and get that job in a new industry
  • Typical day scenarios for each career track
  • List of resources (websites, associations, etc.) to help you in your search
  • Completely revised, this latest edition includes six entirely new chapters

Readership

Graduate students and professionals in all disciplines of the life sciences

Table of Contents

  • CONTRIBUTORS
  • PREFACE
  • Chapter 1: A SCIENTIST GONE BAD: How I Went from the Bench to the Board Room

    • Publisher Summary
    • SO HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
    • HEADING OUT OF THE LAB
    • COMMUNICATION SKILLS BECOME IMPORTANT
    • ONCE MORE INTO THE FRAY—GOING INDEPENDENT
    • PUBLISHING GETS ADDED TO THE MIX
    • ALTERNATIVE CAREERS
  • Section 1: Science and Information

    • Chapter 2: TECHNICAL WRITING: Making Sense Out of Manuals

      • Publisher Summary
      • WHAT IS A TECHNICAL WRITER?
      • WHY TECH WRITING IS A GREAT MOVE
      • COMMON PERSONALITY TRAITS OF TECH WRITERS
      • A TYPICAL DAY AT WORK
      • COMPARISONS WITH THE ACADEMIC WORLD
      • HOW TO BECOME A TECH WRITER
      • WHERE TO FIND TECH WRITING JOBS
      • WHERE CAN YOU GO AFTER TECH WRITING?
      • RESOURCES
    • Chapter 3: SCIENCE WRITING: Communicating with the Masses

      • Publisher Summary
      • SHOULD YOU BECOME A SCIENCE WRITER?
      • A CHALLENGING FIELD
      • WHO NEEDS SCIENCE WRITERS?
      • HOW DO I BECOME A SCIENCE WRITER?
      • WHAT IS A TYPICAL WORK DAY LIKE?
      • IT IS SCIENCE, BUT IS IT NEWS?
      • HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN DNA IN THREE SENTENCES?
      • DO SCIENTISTS LIKE REPORTERS?
      • WILL ANYONE READ WHAT YOU WRITE?
      • THE LOGISTICS
      • WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
      • SOME INSPIRATION
    • Chapter 4: CREATING A PUBLISHING EMPIRE: How I Gave up Academia and Became an Entrepreneurial Editor

      • Publisher Summary
      • HOW IT ALL STARTED
      • ON OUR OWN
      • SO HOW DO YOU GET THIS JOB?
      • WHAT DOES PUBLISHING PAY?
      • WHAT IS NEXT IN MY CAREER PATH?
    • Chapter 5: BUSINESS INFORMATION SERVICES: Providing the Data for Industry

      • Publisher Summary
      • HOW MY PATH CHANGED DIRECTION
      • ENTREPRENEURSHIP
      • WHERE THE TIME GOES
      • WHE

Details

No. of pages:
320
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2006
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080454986
Paperback ISBN:
9780125893763

About the Editor

Cynthia Robbins-Roth

Cynthia Robbins-Roth, Ph.D., left academia to pursue a science career in the then-emerging biotechnology industry. Her career detoured through business development before her entrepreneurial spirit compelled her to start up her own biotechnology consulting and publishing business, BioVenture. Because of her scientific insight, irreverent manner, and ebullient nature, Dr. Robbins-Roth is a popular speaker on alternative careers for scientists, as well as a recognized biotech industry expert.

Affiliations and Expertise

Bioventure Consultants, San Mateo, CA, U.S.A.

Reviews

"After my Ph.D. I realized that although I enjoyed science, I felt that my skills might be better applied to enabling the application of science within a more commercial context. Reading the experiences of others in this book gave me the confidence to move into another area of work. After spending two years in university technology transfer, I now negotiate Strategic Alliances on behalf of Pfizer and use my scientific knowledge and experience on a day-to-day basis." -Philip McGurk, Pfizer, California, U.S.A.