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Your job during your undergrad?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by volleywallyMD, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. volleywallyMD


    Apr 3, 2007
    I thought I would start this thread to see what kinds of jobs you all had as undergrads. Anybody flipping hamburgers? Anybody making really good money? Any suggestions as to what jobs are better to have as a pre-med undergrad??? :D
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  3. Stolenspatulas

    Stolenspatulas 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Worked as a Circulation Desk Assistant during the summer before I took the MCAT. Between checking out books and handling requests, I studied for the MCAT.

    Worked as a Princeton Review MCAT teacher. GOod money there if you have the time. Med students do this as well... though I think I'll stop.

    Worked as a tutor through the ugrad's tutoring program. $10/hr.

    Can't go wrong with tutoring/teaching. Find some needy high school kids.
  4. MDAdam

    MDAdam 10+ Year Member

    Sep 21, 2006
    Undergrad job? What undergrad job?

    I am still an undergrad and have not had a job since my high school years. I will work at an internship this summer which will pay me a stipend. Other than that it would rather hard to juggle classes, extracurriculars, and a job. I have a lot of respect to those of you who can maintain a job and be a premed. We did not pick the easiest career path.
  5. greytmedic

    greytmedic Faster than you 10+ Year Member

    Dec 17, 2005
  6. Dr.D-man

    Dr.D-man 5+ Year Member

    Jan 13, 2005
    Phlebotomy has been a great job. Tutoring was nice too.
  7. alwaysaangel

    alwaysaangel 5+ Year Member

    Sep 4, 2006
    Orange, CA
    I paid my way through undergrad so I always had a job.

    One year I was a cashier at a coffee shop. Then I was a tutor at a middle school. And my last two years I worked as an office assistant (this was the best gig - paid like 12.50 an hour and it was easy, fun, and you occaisionally got free time or study time).

    I also picked up odd jobs here and there - if you like babysitting look for a babysitting job I got $13/hr and the kids were almost always in bed pretty early which meant study time.
  8. alicias108

    alicias108 2+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2007
    Indiana State University
    Right now, I sell wedding gowns fulltime at David's Bridal. It's customer service intensive and I deal with people everyday..sometimes they're pissed, sometimes they cry, sometimes they hate me..all in a days work. I have a 401K, insurance and make decent money for an undergrad.

  9. etf

    etf Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    flipping equities.
  10. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    Serving ice cream and making slushies...mmmm. (I miss the free perks)

    Working as an office assistant on campus.

    Department stores (NEVER AGAIN!! hahaha)

    Tutoring here and there.

    That's it.
  11. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    I like cheese
  12. volleywallyMD


    Apr 3, 2007
    During the interviews for med school, did they not care that you never had experience in the medical field as far as a job is concerned?
  13. Steve203

    Steve203 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2006
    I volunteered and shadowed for 2 years, so that wasn't an issue as far as experience went. They were actually receptive to the fact that I worked and had a career outside of medicine. I have also been teaching high school for the past 2 years, so I've had plenty of experience doing other jobs...all this time doing other things had really made me sure that medicine is what I want to do.
  14. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you

    Nothing like a 12-hour shift at a crappy job to motivate you to study even more. ;)
  15. Aggie07grl

    Aggie07grl 2+ Year Member

    Feb 21, 2007
    College Station, TX
    I worked at a summer camp the summer between my freshman and sophmore years (it was my third summer there) then my sophmore year I worked in a honey bee research lab (lots of washing dishes and feeding bees...i got to wear the big white bee suits too!) and my last job was in the vet school at my university. I've had lots of babysitting jobs too.
  16. armybound

    armybound future urologist. Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    First aid team for intramural sports freshman/sophomore years
    Tech in the ICU sophomore year

    Didn't hold a job again until I graduated.
    Now in grad school I'm a TA for ugrad biology lab.
  17. SupergreenMnM

    SupergreenMnM Peanut, not chocolate 2+ Year Member

    Mar 27, 2007
    Firefighter/emt for beginning, tutored a lot later for bio/chem/physio. Paid undergrad TA position as a senior. Hired as an instructor during graduate school.
  18. SpartanBlueJay2

    SpartanBlueJay2 5+ Year Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    My main job during undergrad was as an office assistant in a residency office. Mostly boring office work, but interview season was fun, and match day could be crazy. Also spent a summer working in clinical trials. During grad school I've done a couple TA stints and tutored. Technically, we weren't supposed to work outside of school during grad school, but I had some unexpected major dental bills that I wanted to get paid off (word to the wise... don't blow off the dentist during college, you'll pay for it later!).
  19. Baum123


    Apr 10, 2007
    I'm still an undergrad like a few of you, working part-time as a certified surgical tech (scrub nurse). It's great to work side by side with all sorts of medical professionals and know exactly what I'm getting into. Plus, the pay is great, not many other jobs an undergrad can hold and get $24/hr. Participating in a few thousand surgeries can't hurt a medical school application either.
  20. flyingdutchman

    flyingdutchman 7+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Did clinical research in anesthesiology for 3 years while also working at various restaurants as a server.
  21. microgal

    microgal NYC's Finest 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    New York City
    Washed dishes for my sorority during the year...real fun:mad:

    Worked for a Biotech startup during the summers that then let me do consulting from across the country during the year. It paid REALLY well...I should have gone back there after graduating instead of taking the stupid lab job I have now!

    Ooh I almost forgot my banana :banana:
  22. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit 5+ Year Member

    Wowzas, man. That's awesome! If I could do over I'd certainly look into something like that. As for me, I worked two summers in a pharmaceutical production lab, tutored freshman chem students during the semester, took off school for an 8 month engineering internship in biotech industry, and for a very short stint worked as a pharmacy tech (note: VERY short, didn't take long to rule that path out!).
  23. trainride

    trainride 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    I valet parked at night and on weekends. Paid well and I got to drive just about every car under the sun. (not including exotics and such) Probably one of the best jobs ever if you did not have to work when all the parties were going on! :hardy:
  24. NickRiviera

    NickRiviera MS-Never 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2007
    Springfield, IL
    Investment Banker
  25. microgal

    microgal NYC's Finest 2+ Year Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    New York City

    You were an investment banker as an undergrad? Um ok:confused:
  26. carn311

    carn311 Dead tired. 10+ Year Member

    Jan 31, 2005
    Tech in oncology and then critical care. The critical care job is at a local community hospital so I get to do a ton more (telemetry, phlebotomy, transcription, etc) and make a TON more. I'm sorry I have to leave the job for medschool this fall...I might have tried to keep it parttime.
  27. Auron

    Auron Cruisin' the Cosmos 2+ Year Member

    Jan 21, 2007
    sales agent for a major telephone company. I make more sales then anyone here, the commission is just awesome :D
    I'd say for a college student I'm making a ton of money, but the summer is the big one, I'll make serious money in the summer. I wonder why I don't get an MBA at times. I guess MD/MBA for me.
  28. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    boring lab job for about 3 years where i got promoted by $1/hour each year. definitely not big money.

    summer research stipends... they're great for the CV and come with money!

    teaching assistant. our university pays about $13.60/hour.

    before freshman year i worked at a subway sandwiches and as a technical writer. working at subway was actually the most interesting job i've had so far. it was probably the most work, but when the boss would leave (every day around 3), we'd start watergun fights with the kid's meal toys, listen to music, and feed our friends and families.
  29. eternalrage

    eternalrage Even Kal has bad days... 10+ Year Member

    Jun 22, 2005
    Long Island, NY
    Uh, my name is Hope, yo
    I was blessed with the body of the Goddesses
    Have you any idea how hard this is?
    I could flex in 25 positions
    But I only work here to pay my tuition
    Yo, tantalizing teaser
    Table-top pleaser
    Give me what I need a
    Mastercard a Visa
    Black mans fantasy
    Picture us on a all white canopy
    Wyclef extended his hand to me
    Like Billy D. said he's feelin me
    Take me away from here, so far
    Where they ride horses, no cars
    No more stripping in bars
    Me and you 'Clef, against the odds
  30. MessyJessie

    MessyJessie 2+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    sterilizing speculums ... I kid you not! Worst job ever!
  31. JennyB

    JennyB 5+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Summer before college I sold tickets at a movie theater, then I worked at a restaurant as a hostess up until summer before junior year, then I worked at a Jet SKi rental place until summer before senior year...then I got smart and decided I wanted to do something somewhat medically-related, so I got a job in the hospital as an admin asst. Now I work there full-time.
  32. bbabul01

    bbabul01 5+ Year Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    Sperm donation.
  33. Topspin82

    Topspin82 Shaken *and* Stirred 5+ Year Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    Did research and my PI took pity on me and gave me $$$, which isn't too bad but lab work isn't well paying unless you're in a powerhouse lab with lots of publications and grant money.

    I have a farking paper cut on my pointer finger :mad:
  34. Crazy4F1

    Crazy4F1 10+ Year Member

    Oct 4, 2006
    i work as an office assistant in a dorm. in between answering the phone (almost never rings), and signing out spare keys to kids whose roommates have locked them out while theyre in the shower (almost never happens)...i sit in the office and do my homework for the princely sum of 7.75 an hour.
  35. Chargers

    Chargers 2+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    :laugh: me too bro, me too. plus you get free time to read over the MCAT material when you're in that private room. I get off by just doing a passage:smuggrin: .
  36. beauregard

    beauregard 2+ Year Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    Summer resort reservation maker
    Pharmacy Tech
    Office assistant
    ER Registration
    Urgent care registration
    Research work

    (I've always had at least 2 jobs, but at some points 3.)
  37. ssquared

    ssquared Member 2+ Year Member

    I teach MCAT classes. Not bad money, and it doesn't feel like a job (huge plus in my book). I did research over the summers, as well.

    Before I got to college I worked in a competitive swim shop (cool) and was a lifeguard for a long time (not so cool).
  38. curlywurly

    curlywurly hair gel enthusiast 2+ Year Member

    Apr 8, 2007
    university housing food service-worst job ever, but decent pay
    probably lifeguarding again this summer or waiting tables
  39. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    over the rainbow emoticon should suffice my feelings towards it: :sleep:
  40. chemist323

    chemist323 bye bye video games 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    Los Angeles
    During school Year:
    My best paying job in undergrad: IT Consultant
    Other jobs: Mentorship program coordinator, High School Math/Science Tutor, Sorted campus mail for students.
  41. scholj

    scholj Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2006
    Worcester, MA
    Freshman year I didn't work. Summer after freshman year, I was a teacher's aide and a lifeguard. Sophomore year I started working for the people who call alumn and ask for money. Horrible decision... bad hours, bad pay, and everyone hates you. That lasted a year. Then that next summer I worked at a small deli and espresso bar while taking O Chem 1 and 2. I started working at Applied BioPhysics in the second semester of my junior year, first doing research, then as the quality control manager (it's a small company!). Good money there, great people, and GREAT contacts! I've been working there ever since. I'll be sad to leave :(
  42. arex

    arex 2+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2006
    Haven't worked yet but I'm only a freshman, wondering what would be best to do for the summer though. I don't live near school over the summer so getting a lab job over the summer wouldn't be easy. However, I do live near a couple hospitals and they hire patient transporters for around $11-12 an hour. How good would this be on an application in comparison to volunteering in a hospital? I also plan on doing shadowing and lab work/research later on, and I guess working in a hospital could help make contacts for shadowing later on.
  43. KaraKiz

    KaraKiz I'm Ron Burgundy? 7+ Year Member

    Nov 8, 2006
    I worked FT through college.. here's my list:

    Office Assistant
    Physicians Record Assistant (ER)
    Research Assistant (7 internships, 5 diff labs.. so tired of research..:sleep: )
    Waitress (again)
    Teaching Assistant

    Best job was waitressing. The work can be hard on your body (knees, back, feet...), but you can make a ton of money, especially if you work weekends. :thumbup:
  44. TMP-SMX

    TMP-SMX Senior Member Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    Research can pay well if you are at the right university with a lot of funding. I'll have earned 6000 total, 3000 last summer and 3000 for September through June.

    TAing can be easy money even though it isn't much. Just maximize your hours and TA multiple classes.

    I've never tutored but you can charge obscene amounts of money so that's what I would recommend.
  45. IUHoosier21

    IUHoosier21 7+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    I'm convinced that I have the best job as an undergrad and would seriously never quit if they paid me more than $6.50/hr. I am a kitchen boy at one of the sororities on campus. Basically I cook, serve, and mingle with 120 of the most beautiful women that IU has to offer and then take as many leftovers home as I'd like. In other words I get paid to cook, eat, and flirt. I don't think it gets any better than that (at least for a single guy).
  46. momtwo

    momtwo 2+ Year Member

    Nov 17, 2006
    My daughters were both pre-med.

    Daughter 1 worked as an EMT volunteer(12 hours week overnight) and as a clinical research assistant at an Oncology Medical office(15 hours week), she volunteered in an Alzheimer's clinic on Sundays(3 hours). She worked part time also in a pharmacogenomics lab(10 hours). Full time every break and summer plus weekends extra. She's a Physician Assistant / Oncology.

    Daughter 2 worked as ane EMT volunteer(12-24 hours week overnight), an EMT in transport(12 hours week), a pharmacy tech(4 hours most every week), and in the pharmacogenomics lab(10 hours week). Full time every break and summer plus extra on weekends. She'll start medical school this summer.

    They did all those things at the same time.......all four years.

    In highschool they worked in chiropractic office, in a dermatologist office (receptionist) and at a fast food restaurant - one job at a time. They also volunteered in the lab before college to get their feet in the door. Got EMT and CNA certification during highschool so started volunteering at 16.
  47. brbsb

    brbsb 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    I'm a resident assistant in one of the residence halls at my college. It takes up a lot of time and doesn't always pay terribly well (although free room and board is nice), but it's been a good experience. I've really enjoyed it.

    During summers, I've worked as a waitress a country club, I made $15-20/hr depending on the day and the tips!
  48. BlackSails

    BlackSails 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Next year, my "job" will be working in a lab, and possible TAing a gen chem clinic.
  49. picaresque

    picaresque 7+ Year Member

    Feb 25, 2007
    Washington DC
    As an undergrad, in chronological order, i was:
    1. A short order cook in a school cafeteria
    2. A convenience store clerk (later an assistant manager)
    3. A carnival employee (only in summers, and I "drove" a small train)
    4. A photo technician for the anatomical pathology dept of a med center
    5. A medical guinea pig
    Do I win a prize for most schizophrenic employment history?
  50. Vanguard23

    Vanguard23 5+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Pharmacy Technician in a hospital for two years now, full time. Lots of clinical experience, I get familiar with a lot of drugs and what their mechanisms of action are, and since I work the midnights, I go on codes(which are normally reserved for pharmacists, but we only have one on midnights, so he has to stay in the pharmacy). I've seen lots of cardiac and respiratory codes, intubations performed, lines ran, and all that, with the presence of an E.R doc and even a trauma surgeon.
    I think that will look good on an app.
  51. blargh

    blargh Banned Banned

    Oct 24, 2006
    haha! from cook to carnie to experiment!

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