Career Options for Women with PhD in STEM

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There are many career options for women with PhDs in STEM outside of academia. This presentation provides an overview of the different paths that the most elite educated segment of women scientists and engineers can follow whether in industry or government.

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  • It is mean to (1) sharpen your focus in a field or (2) get additional training in a field that branches off from your original research.
  • Career Options for Women with PhD in STEM

    1. 1. DGMCareer Options for Women withPh.D.s in STEMDr. Dora Musielak
    2. 2. About Dora Musielak NASA Fellow Chief Scientist Ph.D. in Aerospace and MechanicalEngineering Research Scientist and Professor AIAA Associate Fellow Author2Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    3. 3. Overview1. Career Options: Ph.D.s in STEM2. Competences and Skills3. Networking4. Application Process5. Negotiation3Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    4. 4. Career Options for PhDsNON-ACADEMIC POSITIONSINDUSTRY CONSULTINGGOVERMENT WRITINGMANAGEMENT4Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    5. 5. Open Positions Today Research Analyst - Aerospace PhD Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) - strongapplied research skills, to provide analyticalsupport on S&T policy to White House Office ofScience & Technology Policy … Human Factors Design Engineer / PhD Lockheed Martin – NASA - Applies humanperformance principles, methodologies, andtechnologies to design of human-machinesystems and products. Develops & implementsresearch methodologies ….5Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    6. 6. Open Positions Today Polymer Products Research Scientist Exxon Baytown Chem Technology -Responsible for conducting both fundamentaland applied research into polyolefin polymer... Manager of Technical Services Industry – requires PHD, strong technical,regulatory, and customer service …. Patent Associate Law Firm - Requires PhD in life sciences orchemistry…6Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    7. 7. Find STEM Jobs in IndustryBIOENGINEERING ENGINEERINGPHYSICALSCIENCESEntrepreneurConsultantTechnical WriterTechnical TrainerNature JobsScience CareersMedZillaBioSpaceBioCareersIEEE jobdatabaseAmericanCouncil ofEngineeringCompaniesAIAACareersMaterials-relatedemploymentAmericanChemicalSociety jobdatabaseSpieworksSimplyhiredLinkedinLinkup7Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    8. 8. GovernmentDoD, DARPA,USAF, NAVY, ..DoE, EPA,NIH, NSFFDA, CDCFBI, CIANASAUSAjobs.gov8Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    9. 9. Competences and SkillsCommunicationsTechnicalManagementComputationalAnalyticalResearchWhat makes you special?9Non-Academic Career Options for PhDsWrite down a job title and then answer this question.pdf
    10. 10. Know Yourself Career Tests Career Planning Test - Asks questions about your interests, temperament, aptitude,reasoning and relationships with other people. Test takes ~ 20 minutes to complete. Career Profile Test - Designed to help you find your authentic direction,’ revealing your topthree fields of work, your personality type, your dominant career abilities and your key skills. Career Fitter Test - 60 questions help determine your strengths, weaknesses, workpersonality and more. Field Specific Tests Entrepreneurial Self Assessment - Free online assessment will help you decide if you areentrepreneurial type. 50-question test takes 15 minutes to complete. Management Aptitude Test - This 56-question test to help you decide if youre managementmaterial. Focus is on business management, but test is useful for other management fields. Personality Tests Job Diagnosis - This five-minute test asks you questions about your skills to help your findan industry and job position that suits you. After completing the test, you will receive acomplimentary job diagnosis.10Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    11. 11. Application ProcessApplication Interview(s) Negotiation Online Application Direct Application Network, Network,Network! Phone Interview On-Site Interview May RequireGiving Seminar* Job Offer Negotiation Career Start!11Non-Academic Career Options for PhDsInterview for Success
    12. 12. Know Your Worth12Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    13. 13. NegotiationLocationSalary TypeofWorkAdvancementPotentialBenefitsWhat is important to you?13Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    14. 14. Negotiation Check ListIdeal Offered Acceptable CommentsCompensationSalaryBonusesRelocationetcPaid LeaveVacation/PTOMaternity/Paternity LeaveetcBenefitsRetirement/401KCare Plans (child/elderly)Insurance (health, life, disability)etcPerksParkingBlackberryetc14Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    15. 15. Post Doc?Pros Sharpen your researchfocus Additional training inother aspects of originalresearch More Publications Work-Family FlexibilityCons Low Salary Does not guarantee aposition Could limit job opportunities If after a long postdoc youland an assistant professorposition, you’ll be older whenattaining full tenure.http://engineerblogs.org/2012/02/why-a-postdoc-is-basically-needed-in-academia/http://money.howstuffworks.com/personal-finance/college-planning/financial-aid/postdoctoral-financial-aid1.htm15Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    16. 16. Seek a postdoc if you need it or wish to have, butdon’t make a career out of it!Remember, some positions dont require a postdoc.Many engineering faculty and research positions atgovernment labs and industry, consulting work, orpublishing and communications jobs may not requirea postdoc.16Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    17. 17. Leaving your Mark………..17Non-Academic Career Options for PhDsMy Secret to Success
    18. 18. 18Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs
    19. 19. ************************Dr. Dora E MusielakScience Hall 132BUTA Box 19059University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TX 76019 (USA)Phone: 817-472-7115dmusielak@uta.edu19Non-Academic Career Options for PhDs

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