Not all scientists work at universities. (Maybe not even most? I honestly don’t know the breakdown.) But people who do work at colleges and universities sometimes talk as if that’s all there is, or that becoming a professor is the only logical goal for those pursuing a scientific degree — not necessarily from snootiness or elitism, but just because that’s what they know.
So it’s great that Chad Orzel has done a series of short interviews with scientists outside academia, and is gradually blogging the results. It’s a nice little bit of informal sociology of the field, and a useful resource for anyone who might be contemplating such a career path themselves.
Chad, as you probably know, has also written a book that will be coming out later this year. And he’s supposed to be doing scientific research, and keeps up an active blog! How is that possible?