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smgsmc
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So, what field is hot?
« on: Aug 31st, 2006, 4:40pm »
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Skimming through the various posts, I've been real surprised at the number of biotechies having problems getting jobs.  I thought that biotech was searing hot right now, and that there would be plenty of opportunities, especially since it is a relatively new field  (when compared to a more mature field such as mechanical engineering, for example).  So, what is hot?  I know that, like stocks, the answer depends on the phase of the moon.  I'm a physics PhD with industry experience in semiconductor (optoelectronic) devices and systems and network engineering (wireless networks).  Anyone have recent personal experience in either of those fields?  Thanks.
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Re: So, what field is hot?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 31st, 2006, 6:33pm »
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Well, I can't help you on the Mech E front or physics, but I can say that Biotech is decidedly hot if you are a BA/MS holder, but definitely not so hot if you have a Ph.D.  Of course, it depends on your specialty within biotech, but as a rule there is a much greater demand for BA/MS than Ph.D.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 1st, 2006, 2:38pm »
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I used to be a research chemist with a MS degree.  I agree, having a BS/MS degree is a lot easier to find jobs than PhDs.  Now that I am an agent (just passed the exam).  I wonder if the market is still hot for me.  I have been in the biotech industry for 7 years.
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Re: So, what field is hot?
« Reply #3 on: Sep 1st, 2006, 3:13pm »
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on Sep 1st, 2006, 2:38pm, TedJus wrote:
I used to be a research chemist with a MS degree. I agree, having a BS/MS degree is a lot easier to find jobs than PhDs. Now that I am an agent (just passed the exam). I wonder if the market is still hot for me. I have been in the biotech industry for 7 years.

 
I only ask this because the idea that patent agent jobs are easier to find for biotech specialist without a PhD is so different from the conventional wisdom I've seen posted here.
 
But given that you just passed the exam, what is your basis for your conclusion that BS/MS job holders find it easier to find jobs than PhDs.
 
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Re: So, what field is hot?
« Reply #4 on: Sep 1st, 2006, 4:10pm »
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I have many friends who graudated with a PhD degree and having a very tough time looking for jobs in the Biotech industry.  They, then, go from one postdoc to another.  The biotech market being not the greatest these days, some of my friends are only taking temp positons.
 
I think companies do not mind bringing in entry level BS/MS with less paid and more training time, while it is not the case for brand new PhDs.  Most compnaies look for Ivey school names and famous professors.  
 
BS/MS levels who are hired will work up the ladder at their firms.  After working in the industry for a number of years, they have gained valuable experiences, and they can easily look for another new, higher level position.  At this point, they maybe comparable to a brand new PhD candidate.  Guess who an employer will choose - between an experienced BS/MS worker with less paid, and a fresh PhD with, maybe the same pay, but more risky investment?
 
As for more experienced PhDs, it is still not easy to find jobs becuase there are fewer chairs for group leader and director positions in any organization.  And this is a fact.  
 
So, I am wondering if an agent can find IP work easier than an attorney for the same rational?  -- less expensive.
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