Alternative Careers in Science: Leaving the Ivory Tower (Google eBook)

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Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Academic Press, Apr 28, 2011 - Science - 320 pages
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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.

* 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

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User Review  - bluepigeon - LibraryThing

This is a useful read for where one can go after some specialization in the sciences. Each career path is a personal account of one person, which makes this book interesting and unique, but also makes ... Read full review

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As recommended by Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development. As featured in Science Career's "Careers Away from the Bench". Read full review

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Page 4 - ... and we didn't have to write grants or teach medical students! I was working with some of the best scientists in a broad range of disciplines — protein chemistry, immunology, tumor biology, molecular biology, X-ray crystallography, assay development, and so on. I was in heaven. At Genentech, my "jack-of-all-trades, master of none" personality, first nurtured in Johnson's lab, really came into play.
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About the author (2011)

Cynthia Robbins-Roth, Ph.D., left academia to pursue a science career in the then-emerging biotechnology industry. Her career detoured through business development before her entrepreneurial spirit compelled her to start up her own biotechnology consulting and publishing business, BioVenture. Because of her scientific insight, irreverent manner, and ebullient nature, Dr. Robbins-Roth is a popular speaker on alternative careers for scientists, as well as a recognized biotech industry expert.

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