Non-Faculty Search

Your PhD Degree can take you many places, not just to academia. Find out more about nonacademic career search.

In the Beyond the Lab video series, the BRET Office of Career Development interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path in different industries. 

Branching Points blog, a collection of resources designed to give science graduate students ideas for careers outside of academia, by Liza Shoenfeld

Getting Away From the Lab by Julie Miller Vick and Jennifer S. Furlong for The Chronicle of Higher Education



The Walking, Talking Interviewing Machine: Don't Let the Dark Side of Interview Preparation Suck You In by Dave Jensen for

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions from The Daily Muse

Some companies use pre-employment personality screens during the hiring process. Here's a free sample test from

Can you hear me now?: Phone Interviews by the OITE Careers Blog for NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education

Nashville's Most Admired CEOs' favorite job-interview questions from the Nashville Business Journal 

Two Part Series on Industry Interviews by Dave Jensen

Job Talk Jitters by Dave Jensen for

How to Look Good in a Skype Interview via YouTube NTD Training Videos

51 Interview Questions You Should be Asking from The Daily Muse

30 Behavioral Interview Questions you Should be Ready to Answer The Daily Muse

Using the STAR Technique to Shine at Job Interviews:  A How to Guide  from Guardian Careers

How to Prepare for a Video Assessment from The Muse

How to Ace your Online Video Job Interview from Quintessential Careers

Video Interview Tutorials (Specifically See Ch 6) from SparkHire

Are you Ready for Video Interviews?  NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE)


Clinical and Translational Research

Content Collection: Careers in Clinical and Translational Research for

Tooling Up: Clinical Trials Careers by David Jensen for


Science Policy

Along with the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, there are many other opportunities and resources available for those interested in learning about the intersection of science and policy, and applying and communicating scientific and technical information to support well-informed policies, programs, and practices. Visit the AAAS Fellowship Resources page to see fellowship opportunities divided by discipline, degree requirements, and citizenship requirments.

Full Listing of many Science and Technology Policy Fellowships


Government Jobs

Going Governmental: Federal agencies offer interesting opportunities for researchers looking to do more than bench work by Rachel Nuwer for The Scientist

Careers in National Security: The Defense Intelligence Agency by Jim Kling for

Reaping the Benefits of a Government Job by Emma Hitt for

Uniformed Scientists Do Unique Work by Bob Calandra for The Scientist

Careers in Biodefense a videocast from the NIH Office of Education

Exploring a Career at the NIH Center for Scientific Review by Charles Dearolf for ASCB

A Scientific Career with the Agricultural Research Service from the USDA (1999)

Master List of Federally Funded R&D Centers from the National Science Foundation



Right your Writing by Bob Grant for


Technical Sales and Support

Tooling Up: The Applications Scientist Career Track by David Jensen for


Salary Negotiation

The Salary Discussion: Walk Away a Winner with the Right Preparation by Dave Jensen for

Employment and Salary Survey from the American Chemical Society

Six Myths of Job and Salary Negotiations by Rick Reis

Ladies, Let's Negotiate by Melissa Dalgleish for Chronicle Vitae