Opportunities abound in the non-profit sector (in the United States) for researchers who seek to follow their passions. The non-profit sector appealed to molecular biologist Nina Dudnik because of its vast potential for helping others. “This is a problem with great social impact,” she says of labs in developing nations that struggle with insufficient and worn-out equipment and resources. “My desire to solve it has nothing to do with becoming rich and famous.”
For that reason, scientists often thrive in non-profit organizations, because they value knowledge and solutions. Roles for scientists in the non-profit sector are as diverse as the types of organizations that exist in it. Scientists might, for example, do bench research, manage large-scale community projects, work with disease-advocacy groups or become science communicators at professional societies.