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Has anyone worked at a university applied physics lab or applied research labs as an engineer? How does it differ from working in industry?

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I did as a software developer, a long time ago. The problems are really complex, sometimes the software or platform are dated if it is a government run lab (that was got me to quit and go into the private sector). If your lab is doing bleeding edge research it will set you up for an excellent transition to private sector but my suggestion is to not stay too long. My observation was after about 3-5 years people were then lifers. I hope this helps a bit.

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Not an engineer per se, but I did make the shift from academia to commercial. Personally, I find commercial/industry more interesting because you actually get to apply what you're doing and see tangible results, it just feels more engaging. Like someone else said, if your lab is doing something incredible then stay...but for me, it just felt like I was doing a lot of reading on stuff but I didn't actually get to do anything about it if that makes sense

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