I need to talk to you! Perks of academia is more education I am looking for options. IT is one I was considering.Washed up infectious disease (molecular epidemiology) researcher here. Dropped out of academia to switch to analytical laboratory software IT with a longer term goal of working remotely. Now work remotely as a software product manager for an IaaS company and live in a tiny town in SW UT, spending much of my summers in the Sierra and WY (smoke permitting). Still crunch epidemiology data and read journal articles once in a while for "fun".
That's funny. I was near downtown Ogden earlier this week and marveled at how quiet it was compared to Salt Lake.Lol..... Back to Ogden....and I'm getting ready to move in new house in island park, Id......... permanently as ogdrn is to crowded
I've got an uncle with a cabin up there. Stayed there a couple times. So quiet in that forest.Come to island park.....to hear quiet....
What about data sci jobs?But, alas, as as freelancer, work has been drying up and I've been mostly unemployed the past few years. (Most of my experience is in fields that generally rely on public sector / govt funding, and budget appropriations for these sciences have *ahem* not been favorable of late.) So perhaps transitioning back to working for someone else again. :-( We'll see. I'm still trying to milk the part-time teat as long as possible, to give me time to play while these geriatric joints are still cooperating.
Langdon, good to see you back..This was a fun thread to read! I'm late to the party here, having been on hiatus from BCP for about a year so I am just now seeing / reading / enjoying this and learning more about people I remember from when I was here before, and new people who've joined since I was gone.
I'm a statistician / data analyst / research scientist free-lance consultant, which was something I started doing around 2009 in order to gain more free time for recreation (I can survive comfortably on far less than 40hr/wk, and time is more important to me than money).
Before that, 20+ years as a mathematician / statistician for research institutes & think-tanks, primarily in the Wash DC area. Not what my degrees were in, but it was a financially fortuitous detour while raising a family.
But, alas, as as freelancer, work has been drying up and I've been mostly unemployed the past few years. (Most of my experience is in fields that generally rely on public sector / govt funding, and budget appropriations for these sciences have *ahem* not been favorable of late.) So perhaps transitioning back to working for someone else again. :-( We'll see. I'm still trying to milk the part-time teat as long as possible, to give me time to play while these geriatric joints are still cooperating.
If someone would just pay me to examine topographic maps for 4-8 hours a day..... *sigh* Surely that kind of job must exist somewhere, right?
@Nick did you start Backcountry post?Yep, cool thread.
For my day job I am the Director of Marketing for a pretty big physical therapy company in Utah, Idaho and Montana called Mountain Land Physical Therapy. I do websites, graphic design, photography, videography, copywriting, social media, company events and anything else that fits into the brand of the company.
I also run Backcountry Post which can be quite the job at times, especially the side projects that have come out of it. 4 out of the last 5 years I worked as a sort of guidebook author; hiking, photographing and writing up trail guides for Intermountain Healthcare for their Healthy Hikes program. That was a fun gig but it looks like they're taking at least a year off from adding new content. Over the 4 years I did 250 trail guides for them so they have a nice library. I also work on quite a few other projects through my side business (Sandstone Logic), including some other company's websites, photography gigs (real estate and headshots) and some other outdoors-related projects. Between the two jobs I'm usually busier than I'd like so I'm kind of looking forward to this year being pretty light so I can spend more time outdoors. But every time I say that...
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