Dear All, I have read many threads on second careers including the excellent blog by ZapperZ "So you want to be a physicist" and then reaching out to you all for guidance. First, a brief introduction on myself: Industry Experience: I am a US Citizen based out of the Northern NJ/ NY metro area and currently work for a top-tier global management and technology consulting firm. I have been in the Information Technology industry for nearly 2 decades including 6 years as an entrepreneur and nearly a decade of managing Large-Scale, Complex Global IT Programs >$100 million with full P&L Management/Budgeting responsibility. This has involved: • Design, Build & Run Complex Global Operations for Advanced Enterprise Computing • Critical Thinking to Solve Highly Complex Technology Problems for Government & Higher Education Clients • Global IT Delivery & Engagement Governance, Strategic and Tactical Operations Planning While most of my career has been spent in technology consulting in top-tier firms, I continue to have a deep passion for Physics and am interested in pursuing a longer term career in Modern Physics (mainly Astrophysics, High Energy Physics & Particle Physics) with one of the National Labs. I am fully prepared to undertake additional courses /training for this transition if needed. Educational Background: I graduated in 1993 with a 4 year bachelors degree in Computer Science and Engineering from a premier engineering college, have studied computing, electronic circuits, Physics and Mathematics extensively upto the engineering level and have a fairly good understanding of all these subjects. Recently I have just completed a certificate course (3 grad credits) in Modern Physics from a State University. The main reasons for reaching out to you all on the forum are to get answers to these: A. What are the options available at National Labs (or other reputed Physics labs) that can potentially utilize my background (e.g. are there complex project/program management roles in Physics /scientific projects at these labs). What other roles can I target? B. Is this indeed a viable career move ? Has anyone you know attempted this? What has been their experience? What labs typically hire such folks? C. What re-training & education is needed on enabling such a mid-career transition? What timeline should I establish to establish some realistic goals? Given that I am the sole bread earner with 2 kids in middle school, I have to choose wisely and consider timing carefully. I am probably not very PhD/academia inclined but certainly willing to do enough re-training that can get me a foot in the door and leverage my IT experience credibly. A detailed response will be much appreciated. Many thanks.