Getting into Biotech without Biotech related degree
I am a Psychology major graduating in Spring of 2022 and heavily considering getting my MBA after graduation. I discovered recently that I would like to work in business for a medical research/ biotech company in hopes of starting my own one day. But I am not sure if getting in this industry is possible, because of my current degree and no prior experience in this field.
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It's certainly possible to work in the Biotech/Med Research industry without a science background - I actually interned at a Biotech company after the first year of my MBA program without a degree in engineering/biology. I think a more pertinent question is actually what you'd like to do within the industry itself. Based on your comments, HR/Comms/Sales could all be great starting points. You're going to have a long career, so building skills in any of those areas will help you in the long term.
As others have mentioned, take a look through LinkedIn at companies you may be interested in. See what job openings they have and see if perhaps you have connections that work there. If you're able to connect with an individual already at the company, it could lead to a valuable conversation about what it's like to actually work there and could give you a head start on potential job openings. Regarding the MBA, programs should keep a detailed list of where their students and alumni intern and work currently. I'd be sure to take a look through that list and see if the program has some connections at the companies you're interested in - often, these connections can open up the opportunities you're looking for.
I worked as a research nurse for over 30 years. There are many opportunities on both the scientific and business ends of biotech. Fair warning: if you are going into the field for money, don't. You must truly have a passion for the science, even from the business standpoint.
Here is some info from the NIH:
Congrats on figuring out a career goal for yourself -- many people don't determine this until years after they graduate college. It's never too late to change your plan, as long as you've got drive and passion!
Many biotech start-up entrepreneurs are willing to connect with students such as yourself and share their experiences, advice, etc. I'd recommend searching on LinkedIn or checking with your MBA program to see if you can connect with some biotech entrepreneurs and perhaps find a mentor. San Francisco is a booming place for biotech start-ups, so you will likely not have trouble finding some local opportunities. There are many articles and other online resources to explore as well.
Keep your eye out for jobs in biotech/research start-up companies as well, whether or not you end up pursuing your MBA. There are many positions for which you may not need a biology or engineering background, and you can get your foot in the door to start learning about the business. Keep in mind that there are plenty of biotech CEO's who have a business background rather than a science/engineering background!
Best of luck to you!
You have to be realistic. You are studying Psychology and want to pursue a Biotech-related degree, i.e. Biomedical Engineering or similar.
This is an engineering degree and what you are studying is not relevant.
MBA does not cut it unless you want to get a degree in what you are pursuing and want to become a Sales Rep in this industry.
Truth hurts but sometimes it is better not to sugarcoat the facts.
Have you taken any courses in Chemistry or Math or Physics? These subjects are essential if you want to pursue this field.
One more option you can explore - explore the company that you may want to work in LinkedIn and see who works there and what type of degree they have which will be listed along with their title.