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Bio majors? Chem majors? Physics majors? etc ...

Just wondering what kind of work you can potentially get in to as a science undergrad.

My friend double majored in Physucks and Econ, and is now working on wallstreet for meryll lynch. How the heck does that even translate? Physics to finance???
 

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Well, I am a TA right now, and I have loved teaching, so I would probably go into that. Also, some neuroscience research would be fun too. I am double majoring in psych and biochem.
 

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I'll take my BS Physics and get a masters in engineering.
 

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I'll take my BS Physics and get a masters in engineering.

thats so funny. that is EXACTLY what my friend is doing as well. he said with a math/physics background and a masters in engineering he'll get hired by any of the big wallstreet companies. Is that what you want to do? i still don't understand how that background can translate to finance though.


I am majoring in Biochem. I have no idea what I could get into though lol. Work in biotech i suppose?
 

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Bio majors? Chem majors? Physics majors? etc ...

Just wondering what kind of work you can potentially get in to as a science undergrad.

My friend double majored in Physucks and Econ, and is now working on wallstreet for meryll lynch. How the heck does that even translate? Physics to finance???

I have a biology degree.

1: Clinical research coordinator at a medical school...full-time day job.

2: Certified Health Search Expert (work-at-home-part-time). I search the Internet for health information and put it all together into a single resource.

3: Research associate for a science Internet based company (work-at-home-part-time).


4: Medical writer. I have a full-time salaried job (home-based). I write about alternative care methods for medical conditions (I'm contracted to write five articles a week that are 2,000 words long. I also have another home-based medical writing job. For this job, I write articles about healthcare technology, medical science and genetics.
 

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Degree in psych/human services.

Would probably become a clinical social worker.
 

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I have a biology degree.

1: Clinical research coordinator at a medical school...full-time day job.

2: Certified Health Search Expert (work-at-home-part-time). I search the Internet for health information and put it all together into a single resource.

3: Research associate for a science Internet based company (work-at-home-part-time).


4: Medical writer. I have a full-time salaried job (home-based). I write about alternative care methods for medical conditions (I'm contracted to write five articles a week that are 2,000 words long. I also have another home-based medical writing job. For this job, I write articles about healthcare technology, medical science and genetics.


Hey thats pretty cool. So you are working primarily from home? Is it pretty good pay, if you don't mind me asking? Also, did you minor in eng. or journalism?
 

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I have degrees in bio and physics. I would have gone into an astrophysics grad program if med school had fallen through. That or some kind of biophysics.
 

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Which career paths through science majors have high earning potentials--if any.

Can a bio/chem/physics major expect to make doctor type money? ie., 200K+
 

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If you get into organic synthesis and work for big pharma or a pharmaceutical research outfit, you can crack 6 figures no problem. Some engineering jobs can get there, too. Other than that, you'd have to luck out and get fast-tracked to professorship somehow (Hah!) after getting a PhD to hope for that kind of money.
 

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thats so funny. that is EXACTLY what my friend is doing as well. he said with a math/physics background and a masters in engineering he'll get hired by any of the big wallstreet companies. Is that what you want to do? i still don't understand how that background can translate to finance though.


I am majoring in Biochem. I have no idea what I could get into though lol. Work in biotech i suppose?

Physicists are supposed to make good financial/quantitative analysts because physics is math heavy. From what I read a PhD is more in line with working in finance on Wall Street, but who knows. If I don't get into medical school after a few tries I'm going into the aerospace engineering industry.
 

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Which career paths through science majors have high earning potentials--if any.

Can a bio/chem/physics major expect to make doctor type money? ie., 200K+

If you're in engineering R&D with a PhD there is a very small chance. If you do academic (or even government) research, hell no. Take a look at the 2004 AIP Physics PhD study.
 

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Hey thats pretty cool. So you are working primarily from home? Is it pretty good pay, if you don't mind me asking? Also, did you minor in eng. or journalism?

The pay is ok. I asked my boss for the medical writing job to just give me a salaried position instead of an hourly position. I worked the research associate position for over a year already (got lucky to be hired before I graduated). This job involves a lot of database management and editing and writing articles about health conditions. Thus, I was able to use this experience to leverage a salaried position for the medical writing job. I explined in detail how long it takes to research the subject, read the literature, and translate it into simply to understand (using big words is useless.....any person off the street needs to be able to understand your writing if you write for a general audience-which I do). So I also explained how it can vary for each subject that I'm assigned to. So he agreed with me to pay me a flat salary as long as I meet the deadlines.

For the health search expert position, I get paid $15 an hour. I only work a few hours a month...most I've ever done is 20 hours a month. This is still good money for a small part-time job.

For my other medical writing job, I usually make $20 an hour. The articles are to be between 500 - 700 words long. Since I already have extensive knowledge of the topics I work on (I spent a lot of time reading the medical and science literature as a college student....I almost never read the textbook..too general), I can write two articles an hour, which includes researching the information, writing and eiditing the article. For example, I recently wrote an article on "Genetics and Athleticism." I already know a great deal about training with athletes and genetics, so it only took a few minutes to write the article once I had the primary literature to reference.

For the research associate job, I spend eight hours a day working that job. The whole time is spent reading and research the medical and science literature. I have access to four major university libraries. So I just do everything from home.

I only work four days a week at my full-time day job (32 hours a week).

I make good money, but I work 16 hour days. I've worked 16 hour days my whole life growing up on a farm, so I don't care if I work so much.

I would love to get a health writer job for Mayo Clinic some day or some other company that is similar (e.g., LifeExtension or Cancer Consultants, Inc.).

I'm in the works for another medical writer job for a company that has an Internet tv show. They were looking for a healthcare writer to write articles for their company. So I sent in my resume and writing examples. So they wanted me to provide them ideas for articles. Now we are working on putting together the contract. I will be paid 0.35 cents a word for a 700 word article. I don't know how many articles thy will let me write in a week or month yet, however.

As far as getting a degree or minor in English or journalism, I didn't get a degree in this area. I've used my writing examples to get these jobs even without these degree credentials.

I'm thinking of getting certified as a clinical research coordinator and getting a degree in journalism (online if I can) so I don't limit my career potential. But I'm a realist. My work experience means more. So I'm not rushing out Googling for an online based journalsim degree.
 

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I'd probably go for my masters and then teach, since I love the idea of running a classroom. But if I find thats just not for me I may end of in pharmaceuticals; I've been very interested in that lately.
 

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Degree in biology with an emphasis on physiology. If I don't get into med school I'm going to work for the county as a death investigator.
 

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Clinical Research, and if not,
Professional Chef, well more specifically, I'd become a molecular gastronomist. :p
 

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Probably a biomedical PhD program (in either neuro, genetics, or cancer biology) and then a professorship.

I think I would also enjoy business, so maybe Law school and then into an MBA one day. Yes, I realize it is not the ideal path, but I won't have the background to break into a good business position after graduation.
 
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