I'm a PhD student studying whale acoustics and am beginning to plan for the next step of my career after graduating. As a student I've met a lot of people who went on to academic jobs, and many others from my lab found contract work with NOAA, but I'm wondering what else is out there in the world of acoustic ecology and bioacoustics. I'd love to hear from you all about your careers or careers you've heard of. Some specific questions I have are:
1) What does your day-to-day job look like? How much of your time is spent on various tasks (field work, data analysis, grant writing, networking, etc.)?
2) What is your work environment like? Is it highly collaborative or more individual work? Is it remote or in-person?
3) If you're comfortable talking about this, what are the pay/salary and benefits like? How reliable is your income (e.g. soft-money that could be lost at any moment vs a guaranteed salary)?
4) How's the work-life balance? Are you on-call all the time or can you turn off notifications in the evening? Can you work from home if your kids are sick?
5) What do you feel the pros and cons are of your job? What do you wish you had known about it before you started?
Hopefully this can spark a conversation that others will find useful, too. Thank you!