Biotechnology is a growing field which provides a broad base for several job opportunities both within and outside research. Because of its multidisciplinary aspect of courses encompassing Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics, it has a greater reach when offering career options within the research vertical with a conventional MS degree. Having said so, it also provides the platform for a plethora of choices outside the research field with a PSM degree. This post is an attempt to cover the scope of biotechnology in non-research prospects, with a particular focus on the USA.
Top Universities for PSM Biotechnology in USA
The US is probably the most sought for destination when it comes to Biotechnology careers. However research and thesis-oriented it sounds (a classical MS degree would be one), there are various non-research based courses too with which students can easily transit into outside laboratory jobs, giving them a dual edge in two different specializations. The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) Degree combines basic research with professional business and leadership essentials; bioentrepreneurship. This degree is like a bridge between a biotech/pharma person making it to the industry without a PhD or core MBA per se. Some universities offering a PSM degree in Biotechnology in the USA are:
- University of Massachusetts Boston
- Colorado State University
- University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
- University of San Francisco
- University of North Texas
- University of Colorado Denver
- University of Delaware
- Temple University
- Framingham State University
- University of Massachusetts Lowell
Top Non-Research Biotechnology Jobs in USA
The cohort of biotechnology and pharmaceutical jobs in the US does have a location bias. There are quite a few bio/pharma hubs located across the country which offer more than many roles to a PSM graduate. The top job positions with decent packages are:
Business Analysis: Working closely with venture capitals, this requires good decision-making skills for business guidance.
Biotechnology Sales: For those of you with good (or above average) people skills, a biotechnology sales representative role is for you.
Medical Science Liaison: Viewed as one of the most lucrative jobs, the Medical Science Liaison Society requires biotech experts with interests in therapeutics.
Competitive Industrial Intelligence: For research enthusiasts who do not want to work in the lab anymore, this role asks you to take up market research analysis for downstream evaluation of product(s) or services.
Regulatory Affairs: This job role requires assessment of management of regulatory affairs within and outside the US for pharmaceutical companies.
Pharma/Biotech Marketing: Encompassing several aspects of sales and business development, this is an umbrella role including development of corporate communications and digital networking.
Business Development: Often overlapping with sales and marketing, this role requires strategies for business growth and outreach.
FDA Reviewer: This role entails inspecting drug manufacturing processes and reviewing reports on detrimental after effects for drug approval.
Quality Control and Assurance: The pharmaceutical industry needs professionals to look after drug manufacturing operations to assess their standards before they are out in the market.
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Startups offering Jobs after PSM Biotechnology in USA
Listed below are a few startups where PSM graduates from USA are currently placed:
- Distributed Bio, Inc.
- Encoded Genomics
- Annexon Biosciences
- Bionexus KC
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