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    Default Science/engineering jobs with less computer use

    I have a background in electrical engineering and physics, but find most jobs include sitting at a computer all day. I changed to be a patent attorney but still sit at a computer most of the day.

    What are some good jobs in similar fields where I could escape the office and the computer, but still solve challenging problems?

    I don't mind using a computer as a tool, so outdoor sciences with analysis might be okay. Just not things where the standard is: provide computer and office, employee sits at computer and works.

    I love science and problem solving to the point where I could play around solving maths problems all day on paper. I like finding new solutions to things. I'm strong theoretically to the point where most bosses don't expect me to make any theoretical mistakes and ask me for the reason I chose a solution if they disagree. I'm also really patient with practical problem solving compared to most and good with my hands in the sense of fixing complicated things. This makes me thing science and engineering aren't the wrong fields. I actually feel I have a lot to offer in them.

    However, I just can't do offices (maybe an ENFP thing) and using screens that much gives me headaches. As an extrovert and creative thinker, an office feels like people put me in a place with no stimulus, expect me to work on device that gives me headaches and keeps my mind out of reflective deep thinking, then ask me to perform at my best. I actually feel like a different person when I escape for a few weeks and the effects of it wear off, so I'm guessing it probably is stressing my body a bit doing it. Just what to do instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueScreen View Post
    I have a background in electrical engineering and physics, but find most jobs include sitting at a computer all day. I changed to be a patent attorney but still sit at a computer most of the day.

    What are some good jobs in similar fields where I could escape the office and the computer, but still solve challenging problems?
    I do hands-on research, which can involve lots of time in a lab working hands-on with equipment and doing experiments. Then, of course, time at the computer plotting data and writing papers or reports. The part of my work at the computer has increased in recent years as I have gained more seniority and need to take on more project management responsibility, but also because administrative and clerical work is increasing in my organization for everyone. (Probably time to move on.) So, look for a job where there actually are lab facilities and working there would be part of your duties, whether for research and development, or even quality control testing, etc.
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    I thought I'd come back to this again. I have trouble working at computers at all now (they make me quite sick).

    I was wondering if anyone knows anything interesting and technical where I can escape them completely?

    I love science and problem solving, and generally want something more challenging and cutting edge than most non-computer jobs give

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    Surveyors tend to work in the field, the majority of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueScreen View Post
    I thought I'd come back to this again. I have trouble working at computers at all now (they make me quite sick).
    Do you mean that you don't like them, or that you feel nauseous? If the latter, have your vision tested and make sure your head and neck are positioned so as to look straight, as well as having a good posture overall.
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    There are ways to make your screen emit more natural looking light too if it's a matter of staring too much at the screen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlueScreen View Post
    I thought I'd come back to this again. I have trouble working at computers at all now (they make me quite sick).

    I was wondering if anyone knows anything interesting and technical where I can escape them completely?

    I love science and problem solving, and generally want something more challenging and cutting edge than most non-computer jobs give
    Ha... this is relevant to my interests.

    I have a B Math, but my worst scores were in anything computer related.

    Still, it looks like the most likely work is data analysis for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAVO View Post
    Do you mean that you don't like them, or that you feel nauseous? If the latter, have your vision tested and make sure your head and neck are positioned so as to look straight, as well as having a good posture overall.
    Thanks for the suggestions. I've tried most things with no success.

    It's an effect almost straight away, not delayed. I get dizzy with sweating and headaches and burning pains, and see fringing on the letters and flashing between paragraphs. I saw an optometrist, opthamologist and neuro-opthamologist so far. My eyes are physically fine. The neuro-opthamologist believes it might be a type of "visual snow". My GP also tested beta blockers to rule out if it was migraine or stress related (not that my symptoms really fitted that) but they just made it worse. I've had other strange autoimmune like symptoms for about two years now since having mono.

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    Out in the field work?

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