Adams studied economics and management with an MBA at the University of Berkeley. He then worked for 17 years in open-plan offices, most recently at the U.S. telephone company Pacific Bell. There appeared in " endless meetings " the cartoon character Dilbert gradually loose their mouth shape. Over the years, he designed his satirical books in the field of tension between management and engineering an extensive office microcosm. The main character Dilbert is employed engineer, standing alone and regularly victims of his incompetent superiors, the " pointy -haired boss." His colleagues make his life even more difficult.
In addition, Adams is owner of Scott Adams Foods, Inc., the DILBERITO, a vitamin-rich snack manufactures. In Germany his comic strips appeared around the turn of the millennium in the business section of the weekly Die Zeit. 1997 Adams was awarded the Reuben Award from the National Cartoonists Society as a Cartoonist of the Year Award (next to Jim Davis, Charles M. Schulz and Bill Watterson ).
Adams suffers from Spasmodic dysphonia, a disorder of the vocal cords, which for a time made it impossible for him normal speech. Meanwhile, claims to have succeeded, to compensate for the disease-related problems due to special speech training.
One thesis of Adams According wins the U.S. presidential election campaign always the candidate with the most hair.
- "The source of all unhappiness is other people. As soon as you learn to think of other people as noisy furniture, the sooner you will be happy. " ( " The source of all misfortune are other people. Once you have learned to understand other people as noisy furniture, you will be happy. " ) (from Dilbert, " Wally's Keynote Speech " )
1996: guest appearance on the sitcom NewsRadio. As a result, ' Dilbert and the workhorses ', he did not play himself, but only a small supporting role, while someone else posing as Scott Adams.
1997: 5th guest appearance as Mr. Adams in the science-fiction series Babylon Mr. Adams hired a detective to find his dog and his cat.