I meant to respond to this earlier and I apologize for the delayed response. Prior to my PhD program, I worked as a Clinical Research Nurse. I worked with drug and device companies to assist with clinical trials. I worked at a very large hospital in Houston and worked on some very interesting trials, including stem cell therapy and gene therapy. I loved the work! I had multiple sponsors that said I should reach out to them when I was done. I knew most of the positions they wanted me for would probably have heavy travel and I didn't feel like 80% travel at this point in my life. Not all of the jobs with industry are heavy travel.
I really do enjoy research. I decided to do a PhD program because I wanted to be able to have more control over the type of research trials that I was working on. I'm starting a tenure track position at an education-focused school and I don't see myself doing much research in the future. I'm currently doing stats work and study design for a research study with an old classmate. I did 3 years of TA in one of the grad level stats courses and people love to pick my brain. This morning I was helping a DNP student with her stats interpretation for her DNP project. I never imagined I would be helping people with statistics when I went back to school.