January 13, 2005 9:18 PM Subscribe
What are the best jobs for a new graduate with a BS/MS in biochemistry? Looking for $$$, creative input, least-evil corporations. [+]
posted by rxrfrx to Work & Money (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm planning on taking at least a couple years off before I consider getting a Ph.D. (or forgetting the whole hard science gig). By "off," I mean taking a lucrative job at a biotech/pharmaceutical company doing labwork. I'll be in the Boston area, which gives me many options as to where I could work. I have experience in microbiology, "classical" molecular biology, and some protein biochemistry. By the time I interview with potential employers, I'll have at least one publication under my belt, and possibly two.
Do any of you have experience in this sort of thing? I'm looking to maximize my earning, but also to find a position that will give me the most creative control. I know that I'll never get to really explore as much as I would in an academic environment, but I don't want to be stuck churning out predetermined drug candidate molecules all day on an assembly line, or have to make clones all day.
Also, being somewhat disappointed by the recent drug safety scandals, I'm paying special attention to the ethical record of potential employers. What companies would give me the best work environment and, at the same time, make me proud of my job?
thanks for your input.