There is a flashback scene in Breaking Bad in which young Walt and Skyler are buying their house. Walt sounds very optimistic about his career opportunities, suggesting that they should not buy a starter house, because they can "only go up". This is clearly the same house they are living in when Walt is 50.

Presumably Walt was not a high school teacher at that time yet, correct?

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Correct. Walter was part of the 3 person team together with Gretchen and Elliot. He was, correction: is, a really smart chemist.

Back then the company wasn't worth that much. And because Skyler had a baby coming, Walter (as he explained to Jessie in Buyout) sold out his share of Gray Matter for a measly 5000 bucks. Big mistake, because a few years later, the company was worth billions, with a B.


Apperently the story was completely different from what I perceived of it.

Around 20 years ago, Walt worked in Application Labs ("Cancer Man"). He also worked in a chemical lab near Los Alamos, and met Skyler White, a hostess at that time, in a restaurant ("Cancer Man"). He moved to Albuquerque to work for Sandia Laboratories just prior to his firstborn ("Full Measure"). Source

I guess it's time for a Breaking Bad marathon.

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    This doesn't answer the question. The question is, what did Walt do between leaving Grey Matter, and teaching?
    – Flimzy
    Oct 28, 2013 at 0:12
  • @Flimzy You're right, I found the actually history on the wikia. Clearly I was wrong all along. Time for a Breaking Bad marathon.
    – VascovdEng
    Oct 28, 2013 at 13:27
  • Now it makes sense to me - He moved to Albuquerque to work for Sandia Laboratories. Thx!
    – A-K
    Oct 28, 2013 at 15:36
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    Then the question becomes: why did he leave Sandia to become a teacher? Oct 28, 2013 at 17:19

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