Alternative career options
Published: November 25, 2021

Degree in your hand, but not sure what to do next? Get some inspiration what (alternative) career options you have with a background in the natural sciences. Here you find a list with many possibilities.


Job fields


  • Chemical
  • Biotech
  • Pharma
  • Instruments


Patent law

  • Patent lawyer in law firm or industry (German and/ or European patent lawyer)
  • National or European patent office
  • Patent engineer

Politics and goverment institutions

Job fields


  • International organisations: e.g. OPCW
  • Think tanks
  • Research and testing facilities, e.g. Bundesamt für Materialforschung und ‑prüfung (BAM)
  • TÜV
  • Stiftung Warentest
  • Industry clusters (e.g. biotech parks)
  • NGOs and Foundations (e.g. Volkswagen- or Robert-Bosch-Foundation)



  • Editor
  • Science writing


Freelancer or company founder

Not sure what to do next? On the Science Careers homepage you can do the myIDP test for free. This test might help you explore career possibilities that fits you best.