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Traditional academic and industrial life sciences positions are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. This presentation outlines and highlights some alternate career opportunities for scientist ...

Traditional academic and industrial life sciences positions are becoming increasingly difficult to obtain. This presentation outlines and highlights some alternate career opportunities for scientist who want to pursue non-laboratory research career paths. Learn about opportunities in medical communications, health informatics, management consulting and other careers that PhD-level scientists are qualified for!

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  • Alternate Careers: Taking the Road Less Traveled Clifford S. Mintz, Ph.D. www.biojobblog.com www.biocrowd.com 04/18/09 1
  • The Mintz Career Pathway Cornell University (B.S.) University of Wisconsin (Ph.D.) OHSU & Columbia University (Postdocs) University of Miami School of Medicine (Asst. Professor) Transcell Technologies (Project Leader) Middlesex County College (Chair, Biology Dept.) Management Consultant Entrepreneur BioJobBlog BioCrowd Prolong Pharmaceuticals 04/18/09 2
  • Current Job Market for Life Scientists • Close to 100,000 pharmaceutical employees have lost their jobs since 2007 • Many biotechnology companies have less than 6 months of cash on hand to sustain operations • Academic jobs remain few and far between • Some government agencies like FDA, USDA and CDC are hiring • Many medical devices and diagnostic companies are hiring 04/18/09 3
  • What Can a Person With a Ph.D. Do? • Think logically and deductively • Solve problems • Work in research laboratory settings • Function as a subject area content expert • Teach? 04/18/09 4
  • Traditional Job Opportunities for Ph.D.s • Tenure track positions at academic institutions, e.g., research universities, research institutes, medical schools, etc. • Research positions at biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies • Research/administrative positions at government agencies, e.g., NIH, FDA, USDA 04/18/09 5
  • Alternate Career Options • Teach at a liberal arts college, technical or community college, high school, etc. • Engage in entrepreneurial activities • Become a lawyer • Go to medical /dental/nursing school • Get an MBA • Wall Street analyst/venture capital firms 04/18/09 6
  • Alternate Career Options (cont’d) • Medical communications • Management consulting • Health informatics, Science Policy, Epidemiology • Sales rep/Medical Science Liaison (MSL) • Not-for-profits • Trade or technical school • Collect unemployment checks/live with parents 04/18/09 7
  • Parting Messages • Nobody guaranteed you a job after you received your Ph.D. or trained as a postdoctoral fellow • Life is not easy nor fair • Be diligent, work hard and don’t give up • Follow your dreams • Create you own career path; there is no right or wrong way! 04/18/09 8