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How Big is Biotech?

A simple web search says biotech is really big. One estimate indicates that the industry will have $400 billion in sales in 2017 with growth to over $775 billion by 2024 [1]. Another report suggests there are over 77,000 employers [2]. That’s big, but is it real, and what you can do with this information?…

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting. The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. You can download the…

Pfizer has pledged to donate up to $10,000 to the cause of science education, through Donorschoose.org, but only if enough of you, dear readers go to Big Think: Think Science Now and vote for your favorite video. If you’re not familiar with Pfizer, they’re a pretty well-known drug company. You probably read about one of…

For aspiring technicians, who live in the right parts of the country, biotech jobs are out there and waiting. But what if you don’t want to be a technician? Or what if you’re in graduate school, in a post-doc, or have a Ph.D. and simply want to do something else? Where do you begin? How…

“Why won’t biotech companies hire people with Ph.D.s to be technicians?” “I already have a Ph.D., how do I find a job?” These were some of the questions that commenters left after my earlier posts (here, here and here) on biotechnology workforce shortages. Unfortunately, for these students and post-docs, the shortfall of employees in the…

Where have all the flowers gone? Long time passing Where do all the flowers gone? Long time ago Where do all the flowers gone? Young girls picked them everyone, When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn? – Pete Seeger Where do graduate students and post-docs go when they decide it’s time to…

Our new Scibling, Jane, is a real life computer scientist. If you’ve ever wondered what computer scientists really do during the day, Jane will set you straight (I guess they’re not playing Nintendo. Darn! Another illusion shattered, just like that.)

Some of them work for Bayer. technorati tags: biotechnology, education, biotechnology education, high school biotechnology

I get asked this question often enough and now that’s it’s come up again, it seems that I might as well answer it once and for all and get it over with.

I’ll continue with the remaining parts of my career series shortly, but for the time being, I want to bring your attention to a really good post on doing bioinformatics as a software professional, and some commentary on the question that never seems to go away: “do biologists need to be able to program?” Thanks…