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Help with careers in science

PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 6:48 pm
by Daniel
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

PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 9:15 pm
by Dave Jensen
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!

Dave Jensen, Moderator
CareerTrax Inc.

Help with careers in science

PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 11:43 am
by Bill L.
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.

Be well,

Bill L. & Naledi S.