So long, and thanks for all the genetically modified mice
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What non-academic career paths are open to a freshly-minted biology PhD?
posted by qxntpqbbbqxl to work & money (10 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
My wife recently completed an Ivy-league PhD in biology (yay!), specifically researching the biochemistry and physiology of mammalian reproduction. Academia is the standard career path for her field: A few years of long hours, low pay, and stress as a post-doc, and then into the grueling life of a tenure-track professor.
She doesn't want that life. She's burnt out on academia and thinking about industry research jobs, but we don't even know where to start looking.
So, Metafilter, please help us brainstorm: What jobs might be well-suited to a freshly-minted biology PhD? The obvious candidates are biotech and pharmaceuticals, but where do we look for those jobs? Am I correct in thinking that most industry jobs will also require a stint as a post-doc, and if so, how does the experience of an industrial post-doc differ from an academic?
Other considerations: Some government jobs may be off-limits, as she is a U.S. non-citizen permanent resident. Policy-making in public health, food safety or medicine fields, consulting with a science background, or jobs related to fertility clinics are also welcomed. We're expecting to relocate, so anywhere in the U.S. is fair game.