Author Topic: Walter White moment (but no cancer). Good second act for science teacher?  (Read 1464 times)

Grassisgreener

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I've been teaching science and math at small independent schools for six years, and while the job isn't stressful, I feel like the pay is very low and I'm not going anywhere career-wise.  I'm in my early 30's with a M.S. in Chemistry.

I applied at our state environmental agency to be a risk assessor and was offered a job, but the pay came out less per hour than my current job, so I declined.  Other applications (a few other state jobs and some chemist positions) did not result in callbacks.  I do not have any "handyman" skills but I am pretty good with Excel.  The jobs on the "50 Jobs" article aren't particularly calling my name, and cooking meth is not a viable option at the moment.

Any suggestions for careers that would incorporate scientific writing or customer service and would pay a decent amount?  I have some time to do coursework or licensing if I need to for a different career, since I plan to start applying again in February (I will be chasing my kids around this summer and then teaching during the fall and spring). 

Gimesalot

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There is huge demand for process hazard analysis leaders.  As a matter of fact, a former coworker had a BS in Chemistry and eventually started her own company doing PHA work.  She gets to travel around the country and is very well paid.  Services typically bill out around $120 to $200 an hour.  It might take you a while to get your foot in the door but it is possible.

Here are some courses that will get you the certification:
http://www.primatech.com/training/process-hazard-analysis-pha-for-team-leaders
http://www.primatech.com/training/advanced-process-hazard-analysis-pha-for-team-leaders
http://www.absconsulting.com/training/certification-process-safety.cfm#phaleader

These two are the most recognized names in providing this training.  You may also need to attend client specific training.

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There is huge demand for process hazard analysis leaders.  As a matter of fact, a former coworker had a BS in Chemistry and eventually started her own company doing PHA work.  She gets to travel around the country and is very well paid.  Services typically bill out around $120 to $200 an hour.  It might take you a while to get your foot in the door but it is possible.

Here are some courses that will get you the certification:
http://www.primatech.com/training/process-hazard-analysis-pha-for-team-leaders
http://www.primatech.com/training/advanced-process-hazard-analysis-pha-for-team-leaders
http://www.absconsulting.com/training/certification-process-safety.cfm#phaleader

These two are the most recognized names in providing this training.  You may also need to attend client specific training.

The government hires research analysts... people that are knowledgable on scientific topics read up on them and then write reports that are then used within the government.

You'd probably have to relocate to Washington DC.  Probably some competition for those jobs, but at least it would be an option.  Another DC option for you could be the patent office (an examiner).  This one offers high pay and probably some stress with it.  Last idea; patent examiner for a legal company?  Again, good pay, more stress.