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PhD Opportunities

What can I do with a PhD?

You can do many, many things with a PhD. When you look at the options and use your imagination, the sky’s the limit! Below are just some possibilities, in no particular order, as suggested by university STEM students and STEM scientists.


University/College/Education

  • Faculty, research
  • Faculty, teach
  • Research project Manager
  • Write grants
  • Project/Research Scientist
  • Adjunct professor
  • Nobel Lareate
  • Lecturer/Reader
  • Director of academic program
  • Administration
  • University President
  • Dean
  • High school science teacher

National Laboratory

  • Departmental director
  • Researcher
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Research Project Manager
  • Biomass

Agriculture

  • Farmer of organic foods
  • Researcher on GMO production
  • Animal husbandry

Journalism

  • Science reporting for different audiences
  • Non-Fiction, history of science
  • Editor
  • Library of Congress history of science researcher
  • Blogger
  • Textbook editor/author
  • Technical writer for industry

Government

  • President of the US
  • Scientific advisor
  • policy think-tank
  • Peace Corps volunteer/administrator
  • State Department
  • Scientific Advisor
  • NIH
  • Director of DHHS
  • Research project Manager
  • Grant reviewer
  • Sponsored research organization officer
  • CIA Specialist
  • Politician at the Federal/State/Local level
  • EPA researcher
  • NOAA researcher
  • Department of Commerce
  • United States patent and Trademark Officer
  • CDC researcher/department director/public health officer
  • United Nations/World Health Organization
  • FDA regulatory officer

Medicine

  • Genetics/genetic counseling
  • Clinical research (cancer, cardiovascular, inherited diseases, etc.)
  • Biomedical research
  • Director of a health or research center
  • Medical Doctor

Professional Scientific Organizations

  • President
  • Executive director

Consultant

  • Grant writer
  • Evaluator
  • professional witness
  • Think tank

Computer Science/Software

  • Consultant to help design software for scientific use
  • Epidemiological software with predictive algorithm (spread of disease, use of medication, etc.)

Biotechnology/Pharmacology/Industry

  • Entrepreneur/Industry
  • Start-up owner with Licensed IP
  • Start-up with your own Intellectual property
  • Senior scientist
  • Project Lead
  • Inventor/Innovator
  • Grant writer
  • CEO
  • Patent officer/agent
  • Patent attorney (PhD/JD)
  • Instrument research and development
  • Laboratory manager
  • Public engagement officer
  • Board member
  • Law
  • Patent Attorney
  • Professional witness

Entertainment

  • Museum curator
  • Technical Consultant for movies
  • Writer, novels and screenplays
  • Professional speaker

Social Situations/Humorous

  • Talk about esoteric topics at cocktail parties
  • Travel for work
  • Teach yourself things
  • Tell people, “I’m a doctor, but not the kind that helps people
  • Use lost of letters when listing credentials
  • Go on Jeopardy