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“One of the difficulties with trying to broaden the usual definition of scientists is that there’s not a lot of press for non-academic science,” Chad Orzel wrote recently on Uncertain Principles. So he decided to give it some exposure himself. Chad’s call for scientists with non-academic careers returned a wealth of responses, from the Chief Scientist of an Army laboratory to a communications specialist for the British government. Each of the participants holds a degree in science, but their interviews reveal broad differences in career paths, work environments, and daily routines. See the Non-Academic category thread to read about the world of possibilities outside the halls of universities.

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