Second jobs for engineers and scientists

Second jobs are popular among engineers and scientists, according to The National Science Foundation’s research on second jobs. One in nine engineers and scientists works at a second job. But what sorts of jobs do engineers and scientists have?

Somewhere between half and two-thirds of engineers and scientists with second jobs don’t work in their field. And people who earn less money at their day jobs are more likely to hold second jobs. I’d imagine that many of those people are struggling to pay rent, mortgages or student loans.

The study didn’t mention what kinds of second jobs these scientists and engineers hold. However, I’d imagine that consulting and freelance work rank high on the list. Many companies want to hire engineers and scientists to lend credibility to projects or to tap expertise that they don’t need on a full-time basis. Of course, my list of second job ideas still applies.

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