Possible Careers for PhDs in Biomedical Science

When consulting this list, understand that this is an ever-growing work in progress.   If you have questions about this list or suggestions of careers to add, please contact Graduate and Postdoc Careers at carxphd@iupui.edu. The taxonomy created by the NIH BESTConsortium was the starting point for this list and I give that consortium credit for the foundations.  Many thanks also to many colleagues and others on Twitter who helped expand and edit this list, and many thanks for ongoing suggestions.

Academia

  1. Assistant/associate professor
  2. Research assistant/associate professor
  3. Staff Scientist/Research Associate
  4. Lecturer/Sr. Lecturer/Teaching Professor/Instructor
  5. Postdoctoral scholar (and other forms of additional training)

Academic & Research Administration

  1. Program coordinator/ manager/director
  2. Career development officer
  3. Director of diversity
  4. Development officer
  5. Research coordinator/administrator/ director/program manager
  6. Core coordinator/administrator/ director/manager
  7. Lab manager
  8. Grant manager/administrator/ writer/editor/program officer
  9. IACUC (institutional animal care and use committee) coordinator/manager
  10. IRB (internal review board) manager/administrator
  11. Research development associate/specialist/coordinator
  12. Senior research officer
  13. Technology licensing agent/specialist/associate
  14. Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist/manager
  15. Biocurator
  16. Career Advisor/Coach/Developer
  17. Postdoctoral Affairs
  18. Graduate Student Affairs
  19. Senior Leadership (Dean, Associate Dean)

Science Education & Outreach

  1. Teacher/educator/instructor in
    higher education
  2. Teacher/educator/instructor in K-12 education
  3. Curriculum developer
  4. Community relations manager/specialist
  5. Education specialist
  6. Outreach coordinator/director
  7. Events coordinator
  8. Museum educator/exhibit developer
  9. Science Career Specialist

Industry Research

  1. Scientist/investigator
  2. Director of research
  3. Study director
  4. Discovery researcher
  5. Biologist/chemist/mass spectrometry specialist/imaging lab lead

Science Writing & Communication

  1. Communications manager/officer/director
  2. Public relations manager/officer/director
  3. Media director
  4. Press officer
  5. Science writer
  6. Medical writer
  7. Editor/journal editor
  8. Copy editor
  9. Publisher
  10. Science Journalism
  11. Trainer/Instructor (skills-focused)
  12. Broadcaster (science-related)
  13. Filmmaker (science films)
  14. Scientific animator/illustrator
  15. Scientific marketing
  16. Scientific technical support
  17. Medical Science Liaison
  18. Medical Affairs

Business Development, Consulting,
& Strategic Alliances

  1. Application scientist/specialist
  2. Product development scientist/engineer
  3. Analyst
  4. Market researcher
  5. Accounts manager
  6. Scientific sales
  7. Business development
  8. Strategy consultant
  9. Venture capital  and other investment-related careers
  10. Chief Scientific Officer (CSO)
  11. Entrepreneur/Business owner
  12. C-suite position (other than CSO)
  13. Assistant/associate/senior vice president in a bioscience company or institute

Government (local, state, federal, international - includes NIH, NSF, CDC, FDA)

  1. Scientist/investigator/research associate
  2. Laboratory manager
  3. Study director
  4. Program manager/director
  5. Toxicologist/biologist/chemist/etc.
  6. Grants manager
  7. Policy analyst
  8. Scientific Review Officer
  9. Program specialist
  10. Program associate
  11. FDA Reviewer

Non-Profit

  1. Scientist/investigator/research associate
  2. Program manager/director
  3. Toxicologist/biologist/chemist/etc.
  4. Grants manager
  5. Policy analyst
  6. Scientific Review Officer
  7. Science Education/Outreach
  8. Advocacy associate/officer/manager

Law, Policy, & Regulatory Affairs

  1. Patent agent
  2. Intellectual property lawyer/attorney
  3. Policy advisor
  4. Policy analyst
  5. Legislative policy analyst
  6. Health policy analyst
  7. Public health analyst
  8. Health program specialist
  9. Advocacy specialist/manager
  10. Program/legislative analyst
  11. Lobbyist
  12. Public affairs officer
  13. Government relations
  14. Regulatory/compliance director/officer/associate
  15. Radiation safety specialist
  16. Animal subjects specialist
  17. Quality control specialist
  18. Technology transfer agent/officer/specialist

Healthcare & Clinical Science

  1. Clinical trials coordinator/ manager/director
  2. Clinical research coordinator/ manager/director
  3. Translational research director
  4. Clinical laboratory associate
  5. Clinical data analysts/manager
  6. Epidemiologist
  7. Biostatistician
  8. Genetic counselor (requires additional certification)
  9. Genetics/Pathology/Microbiology/ Immunology specialist
  10. Public health coordinator
  11. Physician/other healthcare provider

Data science, analytics, and software engineering

  1. Bioinformatics specialist
  2. Genomics specialist
  3. Proteomics specialist
  4. Data steward
  5. Research Software Engineer

Thank you to many on Twitter who assisted with this list: @AdrianaBankston, @KozlowskiLisa, @JoJCasas, @pm_keegan, @RachCTweets, @andrewcrain, @rebeccamandt, @NanaLee03, @UMNMedOPD, @KateBradfordSci, @YaseminTurkyilm, @desabsurdites, @amiasharpatel, and @YoungShull

        Graduate and Postdoc Careers, Graduate Division

        carxphd@iupui.edu | Contact: Lauren Easterling