Non-Traditional Careers for Scientists: Thinking Outside the Beaker (Virtual)
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Balbes, ACS Career Consultant (Balbes Consultants LLC)
Host: Dr. Joe Burnett & Ames Local Section of the ACS
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 - 3:10pm
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. 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. This talk will discuss a variety of nontraditional careers for chemists, such as chemical information, patent work, technical writing, education, human resources, sales and marketing, and much more. We will discuss typical tasks, education or training requirements, and personal characteristics that make for a successful career in each field, illustrated with specific examples. Valuable tips and advice about planning career transitions will also be provided.