Non-academic Career Advice

Articles and Advice Columns

Compiled Resources

  • Jobs on Toast has a compilation of resources to help academics successfully market themselves for careers in business, nonprofits, industry, and government

  • The Versatile PhD helps graduate students, ABDs, and PhDs identify, prepare for, and excel in professional careers.

  • The American Physical Society has a list of tools for Career Advisors looking to provide students with resources on how to broaden their career focus

  • PhD Resources for Re-envisioning the PhD by the University of Washington


  • "So What are You Going to Do With That? A Guide for...Seeking Careers Outside the Academy", by S. Basalla and M. Debelius. January, 2014, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
  • "Navigating the Path to Industry", by M. R. Nelson. October, 2014, Annorlunda Books.
  • "Put Your Science to Work", by Peter S. Fiske. December, 2000, American Geophysical Union Press.
  • Alternate Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower edited by Cynthia Robbins-Roth. 2005. Each chapter covers a different career track.

Career Specific Resources

Data Science:

Astronomers Turned Data Scientists Podcast

Science communication:

Science magazine article "Transitioning from Researcher to Outreacher" by Lucas Laursen

Inside Higher Ed's interview with Jean-luc Doumont, a PhD Applied Physics PhD turned communication consultant

Patent Law:

Science magazine article "Careers in Patent Law" by Katie Cottingham