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Careers in the Life Sciences

Now that I have my degree, what do I do?

Is there an alternative to the PhD-postdoc-academic researcher career path? What about folks with Masters or Bachelor's degrees? What opportunities exist for them? Here we profile some scientists who are pursuing careers off the beaten path. They tell you how they got where they are and why they stay.

Profiles of Scientists in Alternative Careers

One-on-One Scientific Communication and Teaching

Natalie Betz describes her experiences from postdoctoral fellow to technical services and applications scientist back to academia as assistant director of a Masters in Biotechnology program.

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From Worm Sperm Expert to Writer/Editor

Michele Arduengo, PhD, ELS describes her career path from graduate student to college teacher to science writer and editor.

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Evolving As a Scientist

Sara Klink describes how an early interest in the process of science to answer questions led her through college and graduate school and eventually into a career as a science illustrator and writer.

Read more about Sara's career path