I am confused. Please help
I am planning to work in a company like Illumina, Moderna, Genentech, or something similar. My question is what should I major in. Also how long do I need to study? Do I need to have a Ph.D.? What is the entry-level salary?
Major in Bioinformatics
Major In computer science and minor in Biology.
As far as pay, entry level pay in bioinformatics is about 60k....according to averages and including things like stock shares.
Looking at actual job listings it looks like it's more like $45,000 with a 2 or 4 year degree. To put it in perspective, that's similar to what a teacher makes...
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It depends on what you want to do at these types of companies. Every company needs admin roles and science roles. Once you know what you want to do as a career path, then you can decide what major to do.
I think that you should begin with what you want to do for these companies that you have chosen. I once worked for a pharmaceutical company as a trainer of call center agents who answer phone calls from customers working through their prescription plans. Some of those companies are so large that there are a wide variety of roles that do not require medical degrees at all. The role that I really admired were the call center pharmacists. So they usually have a degree in Doctor of Pharmacy. I admired them because they know more about medicine and interactions than any doctor could. Ever since, I make sure to ask the advice of a pharmacist whenver I get a prescription from a doctor. I have had a pharmacist change my prescription by reaching out to the doctor, because of some conflict.