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This collection of career resources, including a Working Scientist podcast series sponsored by the International Science Council, explores freedom and safety in research and how this is curtailed by external social, political and economic pressures.
Scientific careers in industry range from jobs at multinational technology and life-sciences companies employing tens of thousands of people to positions at one-person start-ups spun off from universities.
When developing a research programme and direction, some scientists can find it helpful to create a mission statement to make clear their scientific ambitions. Nature speaks to working scientists about creating a research philosophy.