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Is doing a job while doing a master's or Phd hectic? Especially if studying biomedical sciences.

I am interest in biomedical research, so I am planning on doing a biomedical science major. After that, I would like to start earning but also pursue higher studies. I just wanted to find how working as a researcher and a masters/Phd student would work.

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Evan’s Answer

The short answer is yes. working while doing a Ph.D. in the biomedical field would be quite hectic. The feasibility of doing this depends upon the Ph.D. program you choose to pursue. Oftentimes, if Ph.D. candidates are working, they are teaching undergraduate students in their field of study. Ph.D. programs in the field of Biomed often include substantial time spent conducting research, writing papers, and amongst other projects and tasks.

Working during a master's degree is oftentimes more doable depending upon the program. Some biomedical master's programs are comparable to biomedical science undergrad degrees in regards to rigor, therefore very much conducive to working a job in some capacity.

All this being said I would say that both of these options are only conducive to part-time working schedules. I am currently pursuing my doctorate and I have some classmates that work on a very part-time basis.

Hope this helps!
Thank you comment icon Thank you and I wish you best for completion of your doctorate! Meghana
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Atul’s Answer

I am sure you have heard “first crawl before walk and walk before you run”. Do not put cart ahead of the horse.
First things first - acquire undergraduate degree first and score well. If you are still in the high school take many AP courses and score high to get scholarships. It matters for the universities to see you are driven.
After finishing undergraduate - assuming you do not have a debt and jobs are hard to come by in your field, explore Masters degree where you have to score well for the GRE/GMAT exams.
My son did Masters in Business Admin at Columbia Univ which costed close to $200,000. Find an employer who can sponsor you. Minimizing Student Loan Debt is very critical. If you still want to pursue the Graduate Studies - you can make money as a TA.
Thank you comment icon I appreciate this, thank you for the advice. Meghana
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Elena’s Answer

Graduate study for a PhD in Life Sciences is a full time job. It requires a commitment to long work hours and hard work for 4-6 years. Many graduate programs would pay you a stipend, not a lot of money, but better than nothing. You can supplement your income by working few hours a week as a teaching assistant. Masters degree, however, can be obtained while having a full time job. Some companies would even cover your study, as long as you maintain good GPA and are a valuable employee for the company. You would have to study on weekends and nights, and it takes longer that way, but it is possible.
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