· civilian government or at a national lab
· financial sector
· medical professions
· and many more…
- Think about your education and career choice from the future backwards… Imagine yourself 10 years from now. Imagine that you just came home from work. Consider the people you interact with at work and at home. What would you have accomplished that day that would make you happy? It doesn't have to be something grand, maybe it's simple, like you mentored another person or you contributed to a larger goal, or you kept the lab safe for your colleagues.
- What kind of lifestyle do you want to live?
- What kind of salary will satisfy this lifestyle?
- In what kind of environment do you thrive? Outdoors? Laboratory? Academia? Doing research? Collaborating with others?
- What kind of hours will you work? Full-time, typical business hours, nights, weekends? Seasonal position?
- Do you want to run your own business? Are you good at managing other people or do you prefer to do the work yourself?
- In what part of the world or country do you want to live? The west, the east, small town, city, college town, on a farm? Will you walk, drive, bus, telecommute or ride your bike to work? Some fields in physics are not available in some parts of the country.
- You may have to work your way up to the position that you want. You may work many different positions. And you may decide that further education is what you need.
- What positions will fit the criteria that you have already listed? What suits your skills, your interests? One of your goals should be to feel confident, accomplished and respected in your work. Researchers who study happiness know that people who are happiest are people who are fully absorbed in the task at hand, not wondering about the future or past.
- What are the skills you will use most? Computational science? Communication, presentation skills? Experimental research? Machine working? Problem-solving? Financial management?
- Do you need more classes/schooling for the job you want? Don’t know? Then ask a professional in that career what education would best train you for that job.