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Help with careers in science

Postby Daniel » Tue Oct 12, 2004 6:48 pm

Hi, I'm 25 years old and I'm considering working towards getting a career in science. I am located in San Diego CA. I'm not really sure what field I would like to pursue but I'm really tired of my job and I'm getting old enough to where I better get a career soon. The biggest problem lies in that I'm still not sure what I want to do with my life. I'm leaning toward science because I find it very interesting and always did well in school on science related subjects. I would like to know if its worth it trying to start a career in science? Are there a lot of jobs that one could start on right after school? (I looked around the job postings for a little bit and saw that most of those postings required a PhD.) Is there some site anyone can refer me to to find out what field of science would be best for me? Is there somewhere I can find descriptions of the different careers in science? Are there schools solely dedicated to science careers? or do I have to go through a 4 year university? Thank you for your time.

Help with careers in science

Postby Dave Jensen » Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:15 pm

Hello Daniel,

If you'd like to "jump start" a career in science, look at the biotechnology industry in San Diego. There are a number of programs in the SD area where community colleges teach people from other disciplines enough about the science to get a job. In fact, schools like MiraCosta in Oceanside have contracts with big biotech companies like Biogen-IDEC to staff their facilities. Get a biotech certficate like this and it is one way to try it without a major investment in time.

Going the four-year route at schools like San Diego State (excellent biotech program) is also a possibility. You'll really need to review your options with the local community, by going to sites such as the home pages of Biocom ( to read about the happenings in biotech in your region.

Of course, there are many other areas of science to consider. Should you go for a MS or PhD, you'll need to think about the time commitment and the age factor when you get out. Good luck on your decision!

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Help with careers in science

Postby Bill L. » Wed Oct 13, 2004 11:43 am

Hi Daniel,

You might also want to visit your library/favorite bookstore and check out some good basic career books that will sketch out an overview of careers in science(areas of science, job descriptions, necessary training, etc.)Two that I can think of are Opportunities in Biological Science Careers
by Charles Winter and Career Opportunities in Science by Susan Echaore-McDavid, but there are others - usually in the same career section.

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