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    Hey everyone,

    I recently graduated from UCLA in biochemistry...and was wondering, besides academic research, if there were any primal/paleo related jobs/internships/careers out there?

    Brainstorms appreciated!

    ~Frank

  • #2
    Move to the great barrier reef and do something to do with conservation or snorkelling. Plenty of sun down there and you're surrounded by nature.

    And when no one's looking, you could even spear yourself a turtle or two... (that was just a joke. probably best not to do that).

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    • #3
      ~environmental science consulting jobs are cool...test water, build carbon footprint models, etc
      ~salmon fishing in Alaska
      ~work as a park ranger or guide on the Appalachian Trail
      ~I'm planning to go to medical school and try to nudge other people towards a more primal way of living...I know lots of people here are doing the same with nutrition degrees, physical therapy, etc

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      • #4
        You mean jobs/internships that are focused on the primal lifestyle or that are supported by primal lifestyles? If it's the latter, I am thinking sports, heavy duty blue collar jobs, hunters, security-related fields, personal trainers, personal body guards, lifeguards, lumberjacks, forest rangers, and so on.

        If it's the pro, I am guessing personal trainers who specialize in nutrition and fitness, since both topics can involve biochemistry.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Kristy2078 View Post
          You mean jobs/internships that are focused on the primal lifestyle or that are supported by primal lifestyles? If it's the latter, I am thinking sports, heavy duty blue collar jobs, hunters, security-related fields, personal trainers, personal body guards, lifeguards, lumberjacks, forest rangers, and so on.

          If it's the pro, I am guessing personal trainers who specialize in nutrition and fitness, since both topics can involve biochemistry.
          I don't want to be placed in a desk job sort of deal...and I do want to pick up and move...right now I'm a research associate doing lab/research...which is actually pretty good in terms of not sitting all day, up and about and doing lab work...but something about going onto graduate school (writing grants, being a university/academia slave) doesn't sound too appealing to me. Thoughts? Thanks for the responses.

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          • #6
            Wilderness guides - taking small groups out into the wild for a few days. You could make the food all primal (even forage/hunt while out there). Could make it your own business startup.

            We sure need more nutritionists subscribing to primal thinking.

            Personal training the Primal way.

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            • #7
              Is there anywhere where one can get a nutritional degree that doesn't follow CW? I'm sure there's thread topics here...I think I've seen them.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Knarf View Post
                Is there anywhere where one can get a nutritional degree that doesn't follow CW? I'm sure there's thread topics here...I think I've seen them.
                From the few threads on this that I've read, "play along" with what's being taught, while researching/cramming on your own at night. When you get your official papers, then, well, I suppose you can teach whatever you want
                I'm just your average, legendary superhero, trapped in a lump of flesh.

                Scottish Highland Games: a sport where the fat kid gets picked FIRST.

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                • #9
                  Butcher.

                  Slaughter house worker.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Knarf View Post
                    Is there anywhere where one can get a nutritional degree that doesn't follow CW?
                    I stepped away from CW in about 1992. I looked long and hard for a program that was not hokey. I started a journey towards a Masters in Nutrition at a highly reputable however rather expensive alternative healthcare Uni outside Seattle, WA - the goal was to become a registered dietitian - - - so I could make a difference in schools and hospitals - - - however - - - in going that route - - - prescribing something like primal is OUT! - - - as a RD you HAVE to follow the ADA's prescriptions exactly.

                    I did this program and loved it. Nutritional Therapy Association No matter how much I know and have studied - - - I felt certification was something people wanted from me.

                    Nora T. Gedgaudas - of Primal Body - Primal Mind also decided to get certified via this program - she also looked long and hard for the right program for her. It is the best that we are aware of at this time. It follows the practices of Weston Price, Dr. Pottenger and others.

                    this is where I blog about such things: Pet Rock Studios*|*
                    Last edited by MP_11; 08-21-2011, 11:44 AM. Reason: added Links to Nora T. Gedgaudas

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                    • #11
                      Maybe you could establish your very own Primal get-away sort of places where members can come to learn about Primal living and get active. Like those spas but without all the beauty stuff :P You could host cooking classes, have physical therapists and masseauses, crazy adult-sized playgrounds, etc. Your biochemistry degree can still be useful because all that stuff about Primal living takes an understanding of how our bodies work and how to make them perform optimally.

                      That adult-sized playground would be enough to get me into one of your programs

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                      • #12
                        Get a job where you can work w/ your degree while you look for a more primal path. Plan, save and prepare for what's next. Personal train and build a clientel on the side while you grow and learn. Love the primal get away idea - especially if you can offer something for primal families. It sucks to be the food police out in public with little kids! My son is always mooching non-primal crap (like goldfish crackers) from friends at playdates and it's hard to not offend when saying no.

                        Learn how to hunt and take others out teaching them the ropes.

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                        • #13
                          +1. Mud Flinger
                          I'm just your average, legendary superhero, trapped in a lump of flesh.

                          Scottish Highland Games: a sport where the fat kid gets picked FIRST.

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                          • #14
                            It's funny about PhDs in Chemistry, nobody I know actually is a chemist. A good friend of mine also got his PhD in Chemistry (inorganic I think) from UCLA about 15 years ago (also my undergrad school). He worked for the military industrial complex and now is with a tech startup. A brother in law (and his wife) also got PhDs in chemistry from a different school, wife is now a stay at home mom, he also works for the military industrial complex. However, both people working for the military industrial complex were not doing so in a chemistry oriented context but rather in a businessy consulting, analytical context.

                            The presumption in my mind is that Chemistry PhDs are seen as very analytical and bright so have a lot of options. I would think there would be some field research type of position, always see scientists on TV shows out there measuring gorilla poop for microbes or something like that. I'm sure that's a simplified view but perhaps something like that exists.

                            I wrote a post to somebody with career frustrations awhile back. It's part of the idealism of youth that you think you'll have a perfectly fulfilling career. Shoot for 50% to 75% fulfillment, I don't think perfect careers exist. You might have a total non-primal desk job but if you can bike commute, only do 40 to 50 hour weeks, are relatively well paid, and have security, what you get to do in your free time and your overall well being could easily negate the fact that you otherwise have a desk job.

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                            • #15
                              Thanks for the replies, everyone. It's helping, but things like this def don't happen overnight...so I guess I could say I'm trying my best to look into opportunities, while I'm doing research.

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