People look at myself like I'm a madman with a box (in my case, a wooden one with 6 or 15 strings) when I say that I'm doing a doctorate without the goal of teaching college, rather that I just want to do it for the experience of study and research, to more highly tune my playing, and just because I want a music doc.
So - I wonder that anyone here has, or knows someone with an advanced degree (masters, doctorate, or other post grad diploma) who is active in their field, and yet by choice does not teach at university or college? I'm part-way through my own doctoral programme, and just would like to know of some creative ways in which the over-educated find reason for having an existence outside the classroom. Surely, if one writes, the letters after one's name might aid in the quest for a publisher, or maybe helps one to book a lecture tour. Whatever your letters, PhD, DMA, DA, MA, what are you doing with that knowledge -- OR, why did/would you pursue your advanced degree in the knowledge that you wouldn'a teach college?
I stopped in because you made a Dr Who reference.
Anyway I know someone with a PHD who does not teach, but he is an engineer, and he works in a lab. I will eventually get my PHD but that is in the field of Human Services, and one day I would like to start my own charity.
I have a master of Library ad Information Science. I did not pursue my degree to teach but to become qualified to enter an information profession (hopefully as an archivist). The degree is required by 99.999% of the job openings I'm looking at. Do I want to teach? Not at all. I got my degree so I am qualified to enter into a profession. If I originally pursed a graduate degree in anthropology like I was going to, I would have had to get a PhD just to find a job in that field.
That's so idiotic, it's brilliant! Really. Made me laugh. Cheers!