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    Default Biotech/Biology/Chemistry degree?

    I was wondering if we had any members that graduated with a degree in something along the lines of Biotech/Biology/Chemistry, and what kind of careers are out there in that field. Looking to pursue something with decent pay and as little interaction with the general public as possible (i.e. customers).
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    My BS is in Biology and I went into the environmental field. Lots of jobs with EPA and other Gov't groups. I work out of the home 4 days/wk
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    My degree is in Biology, and I'm in Regulatory Affairs. I work for a medical device company, and I'm the liason between the engineers/product teams and the regulatory bodies such as the FDA.

    You need to be a decent writer and be able to think in shades of grey. I do sit at a desk all day, but the work environment is casual (I wear jeans most days) and there are no customers or dealing with the public.

    Another area is clinical research, as a clinical research associate/monitor.



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    I got a BA in biology in May of this year and went right back to get my BS in Nursing. I wanted the medical field, and wasn't really thrilled with the job prospects I had with Bio alone (lab rat).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 00Jumper View Post
    I got a BA in biology in May of this year and went right back to get my BS in Nursing. I wanted the medical field, and wasn't really thrilled with the job prospects I had with Bio alone (lab rat).
    Being a lab rat sounds like heaven to me. Just lock me up somewhere, give me a list of things to test and some music and I'd be happy as a clam. I am just so sick of dealing with the general public lately, it's not even funny.

    Can you tell me more about the job prospects you had after graduating with your bio degree...was it research type stuff for drug companies/etc?

    I'm taking a lot of classes right now but want to narrow in on a certain field as soon as possible, so I can start shaping my 'non-school' activities to benefit me later on in my career...
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    I have a BS in Bio (I was pre-med/vet). I work in a hospital lab as a medical technologist. I make pretty decent money (the same as a nurse)- but I have to work 1 in 4 weekends, and 2 in 6 holidays a year. No patient interaction (I work at a large hospital)... The only problem now would be NYS requires licensure to be a med tech, so I would not recommend going the BS in Bio route, rather a BS in Medical Technology. You do have to have decent customer service when you have some dang nurse complaining to you how you suck even though she drew the patient above an IV or something. Same thing with residents, occasionally you get a real jackass who thinks he is "House" and you have to remind him hes on planet earth.

    It is not my ideal job, but it is paying the bills nicely at the moment.



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    I have an MS in neuroscience, until about six months ago I was employed by one of the major East Coast universities. I was the director of one of the research facilities. I had no contact with the general public in my job, I really only dealt with professors and grad students. My salary was decent, and it was a good job. I only left because I wanted to raise my kids and play with my horses, and I didn't have time for that while working a 9-5. I had a really long commute, too. I hate commuting.

    What are your interests? Biotech/biology/chemistry is pretty broad. Depending on your interests, I could give you some reccomendations. I'm only really familiar with academia, though. I never ventured into the private sector...too many "normals".



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    I have a BA in biology, and work for a large company as a "corporate" lab rat. Its pretty awesome. Pay is good, and I interact with just my small team on a regular basis.

    I work with many people of similar backgrounds who do everything from regulatory work to run clinical trials.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellyb View Post
    Being a lab rat sounds like heaven to me. Just lock me up somewhere, give me a list of things to test and some music and I'd be happy as a clam. I am just so sick of dealing with the general public lately, it's not even funny.

    Can you tell me more about the job prospects you had after graduating with your bio degree...was it research type stuff for drug companies/etc?

    I'm taking a lot of classes right now but want to narrow in on a certain field as soon as possible, so I can start shaping my 'non-school' activities to benefit me later on in my career...
    A lot of it was drug company research or sales . . . I went to school in Delaware, so opportunity was all over the place for a suitably-minded lab rat wannabe. Unfortunately, I do love working with people (although not answering phones all day long), so lab rat didn't sound too appetizing and NO WAY was I going to be a drug rep. So back to school it was. I had some shots at doing research at UD too, but that was more of an over-the-summer type of thing, not really long-term.
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    Graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in December of '09. Got a job immediately after graduation as a cellular biologist for an biotech company focusing on juvenile chondrocytes for regenerative medical purposes. Loved it! I was able to do tons of human dissections and create/run my own research experiments aimed at maximizing our cell expansion results. Didn't love all the intense paperwork/SOPs to prove sterility and meet FDA standards but that comes with the territory.
    It paid well, especially for a new grad. I would still be there except I started vet school this fall. It was hard to leave!



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    Quote Originally Posted by 00Jumper View Post
    I got a BA in biology in May of this year and went right back to get my BS in Nursing. I wanted the medical field, and wasn't really thrilled with the job prospects I had with Bio alone (lab rat).
    I think 00Jumper and I are twins. I graduated with a BS in biology in May '09. I dreaded the thought of being stuck in a lab all day, so I didn't even look into those type jobs. I considered the drug rep deal, but decided it wasn't for me. I went back to nursing school and will graduate with a BS in nursing in December.

    Do you have any interest in getting a MS or PhD? I have a coworker who is finishing up his PhD at a medical university. His thesis involves inner ear hair cells and ototoxic meds (I think..honestly it goes over my head). I think his plan is to graduate and go work for a biotech company.



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    B.S. in biology. I went to grad school (MD/PhD) program immediately after I graduated, and am about a month away from finishing the PhD.

    If you like lab work, academic tech/research assistant positions are an option.

    My lab is medium sized (12 people including the PI) and has 3 techs (plus 4 grad students and 4 post-docs. One deals exclusively with managing our mouse colonies. She keeps the records of all the litters, puts the ear tags on the pups at weaning and is very skilled at various procedures (injections, minor surgeries etc). I think she has some kind of certification through the American Association of Laboratory Animal Science. The second functions as the lab manager. In addition to his experiments, he handles things like ordering, safety training and inspections and other paperwork. The third tech is fairly new to the lab, does some data analysis (we do lots of genomics stuff) and is a general "floater." Her predecessor (who left due to her husband being transferred to another city) was pretty much a specialist in genomics.

    Academic labs are fairly stable, unless the prof loses his grant funding, so you want a lab with a good track record of getting grants. Industry can be more volatile depending on the type of company. My lab's former lab manager left a few years back for a better paying job in the pharmaceutical industry. Two years later, his company went through major layoffs and he was out of a job. It was too bad, and if he had stayed with the university, he'd be employed today

    University settings can also be a bit weird because the working conditions are set more by the PI than by the school as a whole. Two labs right next to each other may have completely different expectations. Some PIs are very flexible about things like coming in late, staying late or leaving early and making up the time on the weekend. Others are not. Scientists are not necessarily the best managers (I speak from experience, my PI can be a real jerk), and let's face it, they receive little to no training in how to hire/supervise employees. So if you go this route, ask around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WorthTheWait95 View Post
    Graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences in December of '09. Got a job immediately after graduation as a cellular biologist for an biotech company focusing on juvenile chondrocytes for regenerative medical purposes. Loved it! I was able to do tons of human dissections and create/run my own research experiments aimed at maximizing our cell expansion results. Didn't love all the intense paperwork/SOPs to prove sterility and meet FDA standards but that comes with the territory.
    It paid well, especially for a new grad. I would still be there except I started vet school this fall. It was hard to leave!
    That sounds awesome.

    All I know is that I hate what I do now. I'm in my mid-20's so I still have time to redirect without having to worry about kids/etc.

    I just started back at school, the first two classes I happened to take are Bio & Chem. I LOVE biology. I always have. I did really well in all sciences back in high school. I just think its fascinating...while others are snoring during lecture I just can't get enough.

    Can you tell me what made you change your mind and go to vet school? Because that was something else I was thinking about. I enjoy working with animals and the science behind it. However, I don't have a big interest in a small animal practice, and when I got to thinking about some of the drawbacks of large animal (long hours, late hours, dealing with hot/cold, having to spend a lot of time in the truck, dealing with animals people don't have under control, might be hard to have a family later on since it will take a few years to get established) I'm not 100% on it. So I thought I'd do a little research so I'm not wasting time/money on classes.
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    u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

    we see u in gp ring in no time.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Twigster View Post
    I have a BA in biology, and work for a large company as a "corporate" lab rat. Its pretty awesome. Pay is good, and I interact with just my small team on a regular basis.

    I work with many people of similar backgrounds who do everything from regulatory work to run clinical trials.
    These lab rat type jobs that we are talking about...is there a good demand for that kind of work? I don't expect to graduate school and be handed a job on a platter, but I also don't want to be trying to land a job that is one in a million...
    Quote Originally Posted by barka.lounger View Post
    u get big old crop and bust that nags ass the next time it even slow down.

    we see u in gp ring in no time.



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    Keep 'em coming. DD is a freshman this year majoring in Biology. I think she'd rather go the lab rat route. At present she has no interest in patient-care-type medicine.

    I want her to do something she likes, but I REALLY want her to do something where she'll get enough of a paycheck to support herself (and a horse, of course!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by kellyb View Post
    I was wondering if we had any members that graduated with a degree in something along the lines of Biotech/Biology/Chemistry, and what kind of careers are out there in that field. Looking to pursue something with decent pay and as little interaction with the general public as possible (i.e. customers).
    I have a degree in Animal Science and one in nursing, both from Delaware. I started as a lab tech in toxicology, moved into the formulation lab, got laid off, went to nursing school.

    Worked for one day short of 18 months as a nurse and hated every single stinking minute of it. Got a chance to go back to my formulation lab (quite literally, it's the same lab in the same building). I love what I do now. It's "my" lab and my responsibility. I can get WXPN & WVUD on the radio or I can plug in the ipod. I've been back for 5 years and I couldn't ask for a better job.

    I wanted to go the clinical research associate route. You'd think with 16 years experience in pharmaceutical research & a BSN I'd have a shot. I couldn't even get an interview. At this point I'm having too much fun riding and prefer the stability of regular hours and no travel to speak of.



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    BS and PhD in Chemistry. Evil Chem Prof at a community college (2-yr college). The upside is that once you get the job and some seniority you have some choice in what you teach and when you teach it. Summers off. You get the occasional class of schmucks but they go away after a semester. The downside is getting the job and the seniority. And dealing the college version of No Child Left Untested.

    My SIL is a hospital lab tech and loves it. Doesn't work FT, but enough to get benefits. Does have to work some nights and some weekends and holidays. I think she was a regular bio major.

    Some of our former students that stick with the bio major and don't go to grad school end up working in bio tech type labs.
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    If you like laboratory work and are interested in veterinary services, you might look into Laboratory Animal Services. That's what I did, before my "retirement". (I tend to be coy about it until I feel out the crowd, some people get a little touchy about lab animals). Most Universities and Biotech companies have entire departments dedicated to the care of the laboratory animals, employing technicians, veterinarians and various other support staff. There is a lot that goes into caring for the animals, particulalry the special strains and surgical animals. It's heavily regulated, so there's a lot of paperwork and general drudgery. But, you get the chance to work with a lot of different researchers and participate in many different research projects.

    I started out as veterinary tech in a small animal practice to pay my way through my BS, but quickly got burned out there. I found out my university was hiring for lab animal vet techs and paying double what I had made at the private clinic, so I took the job. They trained me, paid for my certifications and then my MS. After recieving my MS, it just so happened they were looking for a new director for the facility and so I applied and was hired.

    As far as getting a job goes, your connections and experience count for a lot more than your education does. Professors are always looking for someone to work in their labs for free, so bug all your professors for those types of positions. It's not glamorous (you'll probably be washing dishes), but it gets you professional connections and experience. When the PI sees that you can be trusted with the dishes, they may offer you more work. Take whatever you can get and put it all on your resume, it all counts and the better the professors know you, the more likely it is you'll get to do actual reasearch. They'll also give you good recommendations when you go out and start applying for real jobs.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kellyb View Post
    That sounds awesome.

    All I know is that I hate what I do now. I'm in my mid-20's so I still have time to redirect without having to worry about kids/etc.

    I just started back at school, the first two classes I happened to take are Bio & Chem. I LOVE biology. I always have. I did really well in all sciences back in high school. I just think its fascinating...while others are snoring during lecture I just can't get enough.

    Can you tell me what made you change your mind and go to vet school? Because that was something else I was thinking about. I enjoy working with animals and the science behind it. However, I don't have a big interest in a small animal practice, and when I got to thinking about some of the drawbacks of large animal (long hours, late hours, dealing with hot/cold, having to spend a lot of time in the truck, dealing with animals people don't have under control, might be hard to have a family later on since it will take a few years to get established) I'm not 100% on it. So I thought I'd do a little research so I'm not wasting time/money on classes.
    Vet school was always my goal (from age 3!). I got my biomed degree so I had a solid fall back in case I never got in because it's so very competitive. I honestly didn't think I'd love using it as much as I did. The only reason I really got to use it (and I'm so glad I did!) was that I graduated a semester early from undergrad and had a semester off before vet school started.
    The great thing about a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine is that you can do so much with it! Just because you're a DVM does NOT mean you have to go into practice or even specialize in something like surgery or pathology. You can go to work for corporations (dog food, pharmaceuticals, etc), you can be a reasearch lab vet, you can work with the FDA...the possibilities are really endless. We spent an entire day at orientation listening to DVM speakers that use their degree in all sorts of ways I never thought were possible.
    Personally my interest lies in equine medicine. I have no idea what I'm going to end up doing in equine medicince but I'm fairly certain general practice is not for me. I have a strong interest in orthopedic research and I'm hoping to combine my interest in that with my experiences at my biotech job once I graduate to do some kind of research. Who knows though, I may get to clinicals and fall in love with pigs or something! I'm getting ahead of myself though since step one is to simply survive the first two years of vet school!



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