1. Aug 27, 2013

TheKracken

I have been exploring potential careers with a physics/ math or engineering degree and one job that interests me but I can not find much information on is being a science adviser. I would love to get some more info and possibly intern as one as a undergraduate. From what I understand you need at least a Ph.D. Also, what area of physics would be most in demand in this case. I wont necessarily go with what is demand, but I am curious because if my interests change to something more computational or maybe bio physics, is there still opportunities? So maybe, what is the general process of becoming a adviser and what should I expect?

2. Aug 27, 2013

Staff Emeritus

3. Aug 27, 2013

TheKracken

To the government, lets say congress or for the president, something higher up in the government.

4. Aug 27, 2013

Choppy

I don't think that's something that's an independent career. Generally to be appointed as a policy advisor you need to be at the point in your career where you are giving invited talks and writing review articles. You get there by working in academia/industry and making substantial contributions that other people start to recognize.

There are, of course, professional positions within "think tanks" (non-profit organisations that are set up to establish, review and advocate for certain policies) and that might be more of what you're looking for.

5. Aug 27, 2013

Staff Emeritus
What Choppy said. Science adviser to the President of the United States is not an entry-level position.

6. Aug 27, 2013

TheKracken

Could you give me some more info on this "think tank" job?

7. Aug 27, 2013

lisab

Staff Emeritus
Working at a think tank is not an entry-level position, either. It's for people who have significant experience in often very narrow, specific areas. Working at a think tank is like being a consultant - you're only good if you can *truly* deliver results (read: \$) for your clients. Funding can be very spotty, tenuous, and subject to political whims.

8. Aug 27, 2013

SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
I would set my sights on a different career, say president of a major university. The pay and the perqs are much better than that of a science advisor. Just ask the out-going president of NYU.