Should I become an Industrial Biotechnologist?

Are you thinking about becoming an industrial biotechnologist? You’ve got a ton of education under your belt (MSc, PhD, post-docs) and you may have had your mind set on an academic appointment…but thoughts of industry keep popping into your head. There aren’t any Nobel prizes for industrial biotechnologists. But what about money? Can’t money make up for the comforts of academia?

My twitter friend @jadedbybiotech claims to be a “veteran biotech worker in need of therapy but instead writes about the insanity of working in biotech.” She has recently written a great blog post on Lab Spaces about her experience in industry compared to academia. In her post she covers time management (you’ll be more heavily monitored in industry), working hours, managers and supervisors, publishing, and the question that’s on everyone’s mind…is industrial biotechnology real science.

The post is well written, entertaining and most importantly quite accurate! If you are thinking of “making the jump” from academia into industry, you should definitely read her post. If you already work in industry, read what she’s written and let us know how your experience compares to hers.

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