What are some "in demand" skills to have as a non-academic physicist? I'm applying to grad school (all apps seem to be due this December) in physics. Of course, I'm going to tell my prospective grad schools that I want nothing more than to be a renowned physics professor at a research university... While that's certainly true, I'm also very pragmatic and I want to make sure I have "transferable skills" that I can use outside of academia if ever I wanted to work for the government or in industry (e.g. in case I'm not one of the lucky minority of folks who lands a tenure-track prof gig within 5 years of getting my PhD). What are some good things to study or skills to acquire (e.g. programming languages)? Also, what are some in-demand specialties in government or industry that could result in a decent-paying job?