Since I know nothing very useful about the job market outside academia, I solicited suggestions for specific pointers and helpful websites. A bushel of useful advice and thought-provoking comments resulted.
My original idea was to summarize what I thought was the best advice, and turn it into a single post. This idea has been undermined by (1) me not knowing which advice is best, and (2) a wide variety of occasionally-contradictory advice, presumably all applicable in different circumstances.
So instead here I’m just going to link to some of the most promising-looking resources that were mentioned. I encourage you to read the comments on the original post to get more ideas, and chime in here to keep the conversation going.
Collections of Online Resources
- The Alternative Scientist (blog)
- Non-Academic Career Information — a fantastic compendium from Prodigal Academic
- PhDs.org: Career Resources
- Beyond Physics: From the University to the Work Market (Facebook group)
- APS Forum on Graduate Student Affairs — Non-Traditional Careers
- Leaving Academe Forum — Chronicle of Higher Education
- Science Careers Forum — AAAS
- Versatile Ph.D.
- Mathematics in Industry — SIAM
- Non-Academic Astronomers Network — AAS
- Policy Fellowships for Scientists and Engineers — a comprehensive list from Sheril Kirshenbaum
- What Is Data Science? — Mike Loukides
- How to Get a Job in Physics — Graduate course at LSU by Jorge Pullin
- Alternative Careers for Scientists — Bitesize Bio
- Careers in Science Policy — Heather Rieff
- Project for Non-Academic Science — Guest-blog accounts collected by Chad Orzel
- Academia vs. Industry (Math) — Mark Chu-Carroll
- Alternative Careers in Science — Cynthia Robbins-Roth
- Put Your Science to Work — Peter Fiske
- So What Are You Going to Do With That? — Susan Basalla and Maggie Debelius
- Government Jobs Finder
- Science JobSeeker — AAAS
- Nature Jobs
- New Scientist Jobs
- The Scientist Careers
Specific Kinds of Jobs