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Alternate Careers for PhDs


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Alternate Careers for PhDs

  1. 1. “ Alternate Careers: Putting That Ph.D. Degree to Work For You! ” Clifford S. Mintz, Ph.D.
  2. 2. 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 The Mintz Career Pathway Cornell University (B.S.) Entrepreneur Prolong Pharmaceuticals
  3. 3. What Can a Person With a Ph.D. Do? <ul><li>Think logically and deductively </li></ul><ul><li>Solve problems </li></ul><ul><li>Work in research laboratory settings </li></ul><ul><li>Function as a subject area content expert </li></ul><ul><li>Teach? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Traditional Job Opportunities for Ph.D.s <ul><li>Tenure track positions at academic institutions, e.g., research universities, research institutes, medical schools, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Research positions at biotechnology or pharmaceutical companies </li></ul><ul><li>Research/administrative positions at government agencies, e.g., NIH, FDA, USDA </li></ul>
  5. 5. Alternate Career Options <ul><li>Teach at a liberal arts college, technical or community college, high school, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in entrepreneurial activities </li></ul><ul><li>Become a lawyer </li></ul><ul><li>Go to medical /dental/nursing school </li></ul><ul><li>Get an MBA </li></ul>
  6. 6. Alternate Career Options (cont’d) <ul><li>Wall Street or brokerage firm analyst </li></ul><ul><li>Venture capital firms </li></ul><ul><li>Medical communications including medical writing, editing and design </li></ul><ul><li>Contracting and part-time work </li></ul><ul><li>New career path, e.g., politics, software, web 2.0, graphic design </li></ul><ul><li>Trade or technical school </li></ul><ul><li>Collect unemployment checks/live with parents </li></ul>
  7. 7. Parting Messages <ul><li>Nobody guaranteed you a job after you received your Ph.D. or trained as a postdoctoral fellow </li></ul><ul><li>Life is not easy nor fair </li></ul><ul><li>Be diligent, work hard and don’t give up </li></ul><ul><li>Follow your dreams </li></ul><ul><li>Create you own career path; there is no right or wrong way! </li></ul>
  8. 8. “ Alternate Careers: Putting That Ph.D. Degree to Work For You! ” Clifford S. Mintz, Ph.D.