* An insider's look at the wide range of job opportunities for scientists yearning to leave the lab
* First-person stories from researchers who successfully made the leap from science into finance, journalism, law, public policy, and more.
* Tips on how to track down and get that job in a new industry
* Typical day scenarios for each career track
* List of resources (websites, associations, etc.) to help you in your search
* Completely revised, this latest edition includes six entirely new chapters
Many science students find themselves in the midst of graduate school or sitting at a lab bench, and realize that they hate lab work! Even worse is realizing that they may love science, but science (at least academic science) is not providing many job opportunities these days. What's a poor researcher to do !?
This book gives first-hand descriptions of the evolution of a band of hardy scientists out of the lab and into just about every career you can imagine. Researchers from every branch of science found their way into finance, public relations, consulting, business development, journalism, and more - and thrived there! Each author tells their personal story, including descriptions of their career path, a typical day, where to find information on their job, opportunities to career growth, and more. This is a must-read for every science major, and everyone who is looking for a way to break out of their career rut.
Graduate students and professionals in all disciplines of the life sciences
Alternative Careers in Science, 2nd Edition
A Scientist Gone BadScience and Information
Technical Writing: Making Sense out of manuals
Science Writing for Newspapers: Communicating with the Masses
Building a Publishing Empire
Business Information Services: Providing Data for the IndustryThe Financial World
Venture Capital for Fun and Profit
Investment Banking: Dreams and Reality
Wall Street Analyst: Moving Science from the Bench to the InvestorThe Corporate World
How To Start Your Own Company and Survive!
Business Development: Making Deals with Science
Becoming a Manager: From pure research to administration
Regulatory Affairs: Keeping Product Development on Track
Patent Law: Protecting The Intellectual Property of Science
Medical Director: From the Bench to the Clinic
Sales and Marketing
Technology Transfer: Enabling the commercialization of ScienceProviding Services to Companies
Corporate Communications: Helping Companies Sell their Story
Executive Search: Looking for Talent in all the right places
Consultant to the Stars: Advising CEOs for Fun and Profit
BioMedical Consulting: Technology Assessment, Strategic Planning, and Grant WritingScience Careers in Government
Science and Public Policy
Economic Development Advisor: Building a Biotech Industry for and Entire Country
Government Agencies: Directing Science in the Military
Information Resources by Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Quotes and reviews
"After my Ph.D. I realized that although I enjoyed science, I felt that my skills might be better applied to enabling the application of science within a more commercial context. Reading the experiences of others in this book gave me the confidence to move into another area of work. After spending two years in university technology transfer, I now negotiate Strategic Alliances on behalf of Pfizer and use my scientific knowledge and experience on a day-to-day basis."
-Philip McGurk, Pfizer, California, U.S.A.