What do inventors do at work?
  • Discover or create real solutions to technical problems.
  • Develop valuable new products and processes.
  • Solve problems in small teams.
  • Learn from customers, experts, books and experiments.
  • Where do inventor's work?
  • Small businesses and large businesses that need new products.
  • Research universities--professors, research assistants.
  • Out "in the world" part of the time, at a desk/computer part of the time.
  • What sort of people become inventors?
  • Playful, childlike, creative.
  • Love to learn, love to read.
  • Curious, want to know how things work, like "things."
  • Enjoy building things.
  • Play well with others, respect others (work well in teams).
  • Willing to take risks, comfortable with failure.
  • Persistent, stubborn, agents of change, can be "trouble makers."
  • Willing to work hard, or work smart, or both.
  • Able to focus, ignore distractions.
  • Excel at persuasive speech and writing, able to create trust.
  • May be a tinkerer, usually enjoy computers.
  • Not very organized, not very good with money, often need to be "managed."
  • What sort of training or education is required?
  • College degree in engineering, science or design is best.
  • What are the rewards of being an inventor?
  • Earn a portion of profits from inventions, in some cases.
  • Annual salaries start at about $40,000 and can reach over $100,000.
  • Productive inventors are always in demand, can become famous.
  • Seeing people actually use something you dreamed up, patents are immortal.
  • What are patent agents?
  • Help inventors protect their inventions.
  • Degree in science or engineering, pass a patent office test.
  • Love to argue, able to persuade--mostly in writing.
  • Learn new things fast, stubborn, love to win.
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