I've been doing a lot of darkness-cursing lately (mostly off-line), so we could stand to have a little candle-lighting. It's been a few years since I last did a round of profiles of scientists outside academia, so let's see if that will fly again...
So, if you 1) Have a degree in a STEM field (BA/BS, MA/MS, Ph.D., whatever), 2) Have a career that doesn't involve people calling you "Professor," and 3) Are willing to share answers to a few simple questions about how you got there and how your science background helps, drop me a line. You can leave a comment here, email me (orzelc at steelypips which is not a com but an org), or hit me on social media @orzelc on Twitter, easily searchable on Facebook and G+), and I'll send you the list of questions.
If I get a reasonable number of responses, I'll lightly edit them and post them here as a slight signal boost for cool things you can do with a science degree that don't require entering the academic rat race. If I don't get any responses, well, we'll pretend I never posted this...
Your readers can find plenty of examples of people who started down the academic path, but then took a right turn and ended up elsewhere, at the Astrobetter blog:
Look for entries titled "Career Profiles".
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I'm a physician (neonatology) who started out as a high school physics teacher. Send me the questions, please.
I would be happy to take part.
I am a former Physicist working as an engineer and would be happy to take part.
I would be happy to participate!
I'd love to help.
I'm a PhD chemist working as a science teacher at the moment.