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A guide to careers in the field of Biology and Biotechnology
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Associations and Networking

  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
    National membership and public policy organization dedicated to advancing research in biology. An online membership directory allows you to search companies in your area that are conducting scientific research.
  • American Society for Cell Biology
    The ASCB represents those within the field of cell biology, and works to further the value and visibility of the field as a whole. Teaching, research funding, and career assistance are just a few of the included topics.
  • The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology
    Professional association focused on the dissemination of biology information and research. Online newsletter and job/fellowship postings geared to all levels of experience.
  • Biotechnology Industry Information
    This group represents the interests of the biotechnology field, providing career profiles, conference and other event information, and an online journal publication.
  • Massachusetts Biology Council
    This organization, a not-for-profit dedicated to supporting the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, offers articles and a job listings database.

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    For DNA & Cell Biology; Dec2007, Vol. 26 Issue 12, p809-810, Jo Handelsman writes about a study that predicts a shortage of scientists and engineers in the U.S. labor market.
  • National Center for Education Statistics
    Article from Education Statistics Quarterly, vol.3, issue 1, 2001, 'From Bachelor's Degree to Work: Major Field of Study and Employment Outcomes of 1992-93 Bachelor's Degree Recipients Who Did Not Enroll in Graduate Education by 1997'. Includes stats on employment status, full-time salaries, job benefits, and job satisfaction for Biological/Interdisciplinary science degree recipients.
  • Indentured Labour
    This article from Nature, 8/27/2008, Vol. 448 Iss 7156, p839-840, considers the career of young life scientists in the U.S. The increasing competition for academic positions in biology may possibly inhibit considerations for graduate training. The article also mentions that this issue could be solved its root problems are addressed.
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