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Careers in Biology. Biotechnology Center Career Services, 103 Observatory, 333-1378 URL: www.biotec.illinois.edu/career/. Careers in Biology. Career Development Job Choices. Top Skills & Qualities of the Perfect Job Candidate. Communication Skills (written and verbal)

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Careers in biology
Careers in Biology

  • Biotechnology Center Career Services, 103 Observatory,

    333-1378

  • URL: www.biotec.illinois.edu/career/

Biotechnology Center Career Services


Careers in biology1
Careers in Biology

  • Career Development

  • Job Choices

Biotechnology Center Career Services


Top skills qualities of the perfect job candidate
Top Skills & Qualities of the Perfect Job Candidate

  • Communication Skills (written and verbal)

  • Computer/Technical

  • Leadership

  • Teamwork skills

  • Interpersonal Skills

  • Motivation/Initiative

  • Strong Work Ethic

  • Flexibility/adaptability

  • Problem-solving/common sense

    Source: Dr. Gardener, Recruiting Trends, 2006-2007

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Gain meaningful experiences
Gain Meaningful Experiences

  • Internships

  • Lab experience

  • Student organizations

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Ways to gain experience
Ways to gain experience

  • Internships

    • Short-term work experience.

    • Paid or unpaid.

    • Great opportunity to “test-drive” a job.

    • Generally structured with a plan and goals.

  • Job Shadowing

    • Extended informational interview, ranging from a few hours to several days.

    • Learn what a “typical day” is like.

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    Other ways to gain experience
    Other ways to gain experience

    • Part-time job in a company or industry of interest.

    • Volunteer, especially for nonprofits or government agencies.

    • Paid or unpaid consulting or other projects.

    • Administrative work for an organization of interest.

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    Internship netsites
    Internship Netsites

    • http://www.getthatgig.com/

    • http://www.training.nih.gov/student/sip/

    • http://usinterns.com/

    • http://www.careercenter.illinois.edu/jobs/

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    Tips for obtaining an internship
    Tips for Obtaining an Internship

    • Network—1/2 student get summer internships through family, friends, or people in community

    • Job Fairs

    • Good Resume

    • Some research experience during school year

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    Expand your list to also include
    Expand your list to also include….

    • Alumni from Illinois: http://www.uiaa.org/careers/

    • Members of professional organizations that you join.

    • LinkedIn

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    Informational interviews
    Informational interviews

    • One of the most effective ways to use your network.

    • Spend time talking to someone in your desired field or organization.

    • Use your network to set up interviews or learn more about the field.

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    Advantages of informational interviewing
    Advantages of informational interviewing

    • Gather information about your desired field or organization.

    • Build your network.

      • Try to get 2-3 new names.

  • May lead to jobs.

  • Practice your interviewing and communication skills.

  • May find a potential mentor.

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    Science jobs

    Lab tech

    Product scientist

    Bioinformatics

    Science Photographer

    Technical Support

    Health Counselor

    Formulation Scientist

    Training Specialist

    Compliance

    Regulatory Affairs

    Government Research

    Drug Testing Lab

    Technology Transfer

    Science writer

    Quality control

    Project manager

    Health care

    Clinical trials

    Public relations

    Scientific translator

    Patent law

    Sales

    Forensics

    Museum Display

    Science Jobs

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    Job titles and descriptions
    Job Titles and descriptions

    • In-life and Pathology Technicians

    • Dose Formulation Technicians

    • Genetic Toxicology Technicians

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    Titles cont
    Titles (cont)

    • Lab Analyst

    • Research Assistant

    • Study Coordinator

    • Principal Investigator

    • Staff Scientist

    • Study Director

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    Titles cont1
    Titles (cont)

    • Quality Assurance

    • Quality Assurance Auditors

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    Careers in biotechnology
    Careers in Biotechnology

    • Research and Development

      Research assistant, associate, scientist I, bioinformatics analyst, molecular modeler, facility manager (animal science), veterinarian, plant breeder, media prep technician

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    Careers in biotech cont
    Careers in Biotech cont.

    • Quality Control/Quality Assurance

      QC analyst, QC technician, QA manager, QA Documentation specialist, QA Documentation coordinator, Validation manager/specialist, environmental health and safety specialist

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    Career in biotech cont
    Career in Biotech cont.

    • Clinical Research

      Clinical research manager/associate, biostatistician, medical writer,

      Regulatory Affairs manager/associate

      Clinical coordinator, clinical data specialist, animal handler

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    Career in biotech cont1
    Career in Biotech cont.

    • Manufacturing and Production

      Instrument calibration technician, assay analyst, manufacturing research associate

    • Other

      Sales rep, technical services rep, buyer, patent agent, technical recruiter

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    Careers in biology2
    Careers in Biology

    • Healthcare

      Doctor, nurse, pharmacist, dentist, lab technician (hospital), health counselor, other

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    Careers in biology cont
    Careers in Biology cont.

    • Government:

      NIH, FDA, NSF, Center for Disease Control, medical monitoring, policy analysts, advisors

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    Jobs in medical writing
    Jobs in Medical Writing

    • • Administrators

    • • Advertisers

    • • Audiovisual Producers

    • • Authors’ editors

    • • College and University

    • Professors

    • • Journal Editors

    • • Pharmaceutical

    • Writers, Editors,

    • • Professional Societies

    • • Public Relations

    • Specialists

    • • Publishers

    • • Reporters

    • • Researchers

    • • Scriptwriters

    • • Statisticians

    • • Translators

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    Careers in biology cont1
    Careers in Biology cont.

    • Other

      Technology transfer (license/patent), patent and regulatory law, technical trainers, science photographers, medical illustration, scientific translators, museum displays,

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    Careers in biology cont2
    Careers in Biology cont.

    • Other

      Forensics, drug testing lab, DNA labs, high school teacher, zoo professionals (animal handlers/trainers), public relations

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    Websites
    Websites

    • http://www.biologyjobs.com/

    • http://www.nasw.org/ for science writers

    • http://www.sciencejobs.com

    • http://www7.nationalacademies.org/careers/ Nat’l Academy of Sciences

    • http://www.biofind.com

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    Biotech hot zones
    Biotech Hot Zones

    • Seattle

    • San Francisco

    • San Diego

    • Denver

    • Cleveland

    • Boston

    • NY & New Jersey

    • Philadelphia

    • Baltimore

    • Raleigh

    • Orlando

    • Vancouver

    • Toronto

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    Job strategies
    Job Strategies

    • Develop Competencies

      experiential learning, volunteer

    • Networking

      cultivating contacts

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    Careers in biology

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    Questions
    Questions?

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