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Leaving The Bench – 1 solution to help PhD’s find a job outside the lab

September 22, 2012

Alternative science careersVoices are becoming louder as scientists justifiably complain about their limited job opportunities. One solution to help PhD’s find a job outside the lab is introduce business curriculum to the PhD training. How’s this for a class schedule:

  • Cellular Hydrodynamics
  • Pharmacology of the Vessel Wall
  • Finance 101

A lab is a business and most labs manage $100,000’s to $millions of dollars.  Money comes in, money goes out. Supplies are bought, ideas are sold. Employees are hired and fired. A business/finance class will better equip a student to find a job outside the lab. And if they stay in the lab, they are better qualified to manage the finances of a lab. A win-win situation.

This solution is only one piece of the puzzle. Is this a good solution?

Articles that motivated this post:

Opinion: The Postdoc Challenge (via @TheScientistLLC)

Is a Science PhD A Waste of Time? (via Slate.com)

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  1. Zoe permalink
    September 25, 2012 7:10 PM

    Professional Masters program offer exactly this sort of combination training. I do not know why PhD programs have not adopted it.

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