What degree is more helpful between biochemistry, molecular biology, or microbiology?
I am a currently biochemistry student and I am very indecisive in my career path. I want to ultimately research and help in the process of creating medicines and treatments to disorders, but I also want to study genetics and cancer stem research. So, I have decided to either undertake a minor or double major in molecular biology or microbiology. Correct me on this if I am wrong, but I researched that with a biochemistry degree one can utilize it to help make medicine or find treatments to diseases and disorders. Meanwhile, a molecular biology degree can be utilized to study disorders and bacterial diseases. So, which degree would be more helpful towards a job field as described? My college only provides molecular biology, biochemistry, biology and a minor in microbiology
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I agree with both Ken and Ransi.
Both biochemistry and molecular biology are core components in drug development with a fair bit over overlap. Don't forget that whatever you major in will just be a foundation and you will be continuing to learn throughout your entire career!
That being said, what you are most passionate/enjoy the most will be more important since research and academia is tough.
Vicky recommends the following next steps:
The route that you take relates directly to how you personality traits match with others in an area of specialty.
Getting to know yourself and how your personality traits relate to people involved in various career opportunities is very important in your decision making process. During my many years in Human Resources and College Recruiting, I ran across too many students who had skipped this very important step and ended up in a job situation which for which they were not well suited. Selecting a career area is like buying a pair of shoes. First you have to be properly fitted for the correct size, and then you need to try on and walk in the various shoe options to determine which is fits the best and is most comfortable for you to wear. Following are some important steps which I developed during my career which have been helpful to many .
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Molecular biology and biochemistry would support careers in drug development. Since medicine is more focused on biologic treatments (like antibodies and gene therapy), studying molecular biology may leave you better prepared for work in biopharmaceuticals compared to biochemistry and microbiology.