Have you considered veterinary medicine? I know you may be smiling at my lack of credentials in that field : ) but my daughter is a veterinarian... so let me tell you what I see from the outside looking in. First she is obviously deep into biology and amazes me with encyclopedic knowledge of organs and diseases. Second- she uses her chemistry every day. Third, she is a skilled surgeon and is always doing some sort of animal repair.
So there is a highly scientific job that is not buried in a lab - in fact, people interaction skills are also in play every day because pet owners can be emotional clients.
Also important is that the job is portable. You can go anywhere in the USA and work as a veterinarian and make good money doing it.
I hope that helps you a little bit. I wish you all the best in your scientific pursuits.
Marketing and Sales. If you know the field you can represent these scientific companies even better.
No need to be in the lab, just need to know the product and translate to perspective buyers.
Get your science degree first. That will make you credible.
Sales is a great way to utilize your science education/background. This type of job provides flexibility, travel and the opportunity to make a significant amount of money. However, Sales can be VERY stressful in terms of the requirements of the particular job. In many instances, if you're not selling, you are not bringing home a paycheck because it's strictly commission based. But, there are sales positions which include an annual salary in addition to quarterly/annual bonuses.
there are plenty of jobs that use science that do not have you restricted to a lab.
the CSI show uses all sorts of science to solve things.
I've been in the insurance industry for nearly 40 years in claims and in underwriting.
I've used science many times. If I had a fire loss that might be arson, or a product malfunction, I would call in an expert. The expert used scientific processes to determine what happened. these are well paid jobs and ladies and gentlemen are both involved in this line of work.
Is there something that you really enjoy? It would be a double bonus if you could tie in a love with your occupation.
For example if you enjoy healthy eating, you could get into the science of raising food that is safe, economical and beneficial for consuming.
what about a scientific application of separating the Hydrogen out of water as a fuel source?
Science is wonderful because you can get to an answer, because there is a solution. It might be hard to find but the searching , testing and investigating is worth it.
Creation has a purpose and a design and you may build on principles.
Hope this was helpful.
Engineering and computer science jobs tend to be the highest paying science jobs for both men and women that don't involve lab work. The highest paid are doctors, but it can be a trade off with the amount of schooling required.
If you're more interested in the traditional sciences like chemistry and biology I would also suggest you consider a position in environmental science. I'm a scientist who enforces environmental regulations, so I spend a majority of my time in an office, but about once a week I'm in the field inspecting sites. The salary for an environmental scientist varies widely and really depends on who you work for and the type of work you're doing. The highest paid environmental scientists I know work in the energy sector (oil, natural gas, and nuclear power). For entry level its typically private sector> government > academia > non profits. You can do similar work as an environmental engineer (although more math intensive) which tends to be higher paying and with more job openings.
With your technology and science acumen, you can get into data science, digital operations, software development, technology consulting, R&D...etc. there are spectrum of career opportunities in science from hands-on development to strategy development and innovation. I'd encourage to take different classes and intern in different science/tech industries and companies to further explore and learn. Hope this helps.
You can also take look how we use innovative tech at AIG via aig.com/innovative-tech
I love working in a lab, but it's not for everyone. I majored in chemistry and am now in a quality control lab. Several of my classmates have gone into environmental sciences since then. They spend a lot of time outside collecting samples (soil, water, etc..) The split is about 50/50. Some weeks will be spent outside all the time while other weeks are in the lab analyzing the samples.
Others have gone onto med school and veterinary school. Others have gone in an engineering direction. They spend a lot more time out working on the big picture in an industrial setting.
I'm not sure what the pay is for my environmental sciences. I know the chemical engineering, ceramic engineering, and biochemical engineering jobs pay well.