Individuals having advanced scientific training are valuable problem solvers, often able to refocus their intellect over a broad range of material. Thus scientists are found not only in research oriented academia but also at our National Laboratories and in technological business and industry. For society to take full advantage of the skills possessed by these individuals it is vitally important to:
Educate scientists on the full range of employment options available to them.
Provide the information necessary so that individual scientists can find the most rewarding niche for each to make their mark.
I have been involved with a number of organizations that work to achieve these goals on an on-going and real-time basis.
The Career Development Organization (CDO) for Physicists and Astronomers is a Registered Student Organization at the University of Washington composed of physics and astronomy graduate students.The CDO formed to address the needs of the physical science student-body regarding career planning and advancement. The CDO achieves this objective through a number of programs:
Seminars by physicists working a variety of settings and disciplines.
Workshops to improve students "soft" skills of communication and leadership.
Collect and disseminate career information to the students.
The CDO is constantly looking to interact with individuals or employers who wish to promote career opportunities for physicists and astronomers. I encourage you to contact the CDO - they will be glad to speak with you.