science careers

A simple web search says biotech is really big. One estimate indicates that the industry will have $400 billion in sales in 2017 with growth to over $775 billion by 2024 [1]. Another report suggests there are over 77,000 employers [2]. That’s big, but is it real, and what you can do with this information?

At Biotech-Careers.org we're interested in helping students and graduates of biotech programs at community and four-year colleges learn about the multitude of opportunities available in the biotech industry. To be helpful we need to know ... Read more

A simple web search says biotech is really big. One estimate indicates that the industry will have $400 billion in sales in 2017 with growth to over $775 billion by 2024 [1]. Another report suggests there are over 77,000 employers [2]. That’s big, but is it real, and what you can do with this information?

Worldwide locations of biotechnology employers ... Read more

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting.

The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

You can download the book for free at the HHMI site and there's even a video of Tom Cech.

In fact, this book has such great information, that if it weren't for the interesting ... Read more

Pfizer has pledged to donate up to $10,000 to the cause of science education, through Donorschoose.org, but only if enough of you, dear readers go to Big Think: Think Science Now and vote for your favorite video.

If you're not familiar with Pfizer, they're a pretty well-known drug company. You probably read about one of their products every time you delete messages from your e-mail in-box.

You don't even have to watch the videos, just vote ... Read more

For aspiring technicians, who live in the right parts of the country, biotech jobs are out there and waiting. But what if you don't want to be a technician? Or what if you're in graduate school, in a post-doc, or have a Ph.D. and simply want to do something else?

Where do you begin?

How do you know what sorts of positions are going to be a good match for your skills and talents? Is the outlook really as bleak as it may seem?

First, the prelude. Most of what I'm going to ... Read more

"Why won't biotech companies hire people with Ph.D.s to be technicians?"

"I already have a Ph.D., how do I find a job?"

These were some of the questions that commenters left after my earlier posts (here, here and here) on biotechnology workforce shortages.

Unfortunately, for these students and post-docs, the shortfall of employees in the ... Read more

Where have all the flowers gone?
Long time passing
Where do all the flowers gone?
Long time ago
Where do all the flowers gone?
Young girls picked them everyone,
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
-Pete Seeger

Where do graduate students and post-docs go when they decide it's time to leave the pipeline? And, if they're thinking about going, how do they find a path into something new?

These questions are especially timely given all the current NIH funding issues. It's odd, too, that we probably have the ... Read more

Our new Scibling, Jane, is a real life computer scientist. If you've ever wondered what computer scientists really do during the day, Jane will set you straight (I guess they're not playing Nintendo. Darn! Another illusion shattered, just like that.)

Jane has also promised to explain why computer science is a science and ... Read more

Some of them work for Bayer.



The San Francisco Chronicle has a nice article on a 15 year old education program in Berkeley that serves students from Berkeley High and Life Academy. Over 1500 students have participated in this program, with 862 placed in internships.

I really liked reading about some of the kids who started in the Bayer Biotech partners program and finding out what they're doing now. One of those ... Read more

I get asked this question often enough and now that's it's come up again, it seems that I might as well answer it once and for all and get it over with.

First, I want to change the question. Of course they don't need to learn programming.

A better question is would it benefit biologists to learn programming?

My flip half-way serious answer is yes, if they want to change careers.

You see, programming is really seductive when you've been a wet-bench biologist. It's like heroin. (At least I suspect it ... Read more