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  • Science Jobs: Academia or Industry?

    Yuri Maricich, MD/MBA
    Entrepreneurship
    Changing Careers
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    Should I work in academia or industry?  This is a question asked frequently by many Bio Careers job seekers and by an even larger pool of physicians, PhDs, and graduate-level scientists.  Such a question is natural and ubiquitous, yet not easy to answer. It is one that I have thought about many times, and still have not fully resolved. During physician training, many medical students or resident physicians may wrestle with pursuing an academic or private practice career.  Usually less obvious in its decision-point, PhD level scientists must consider whether to embark on the academic rat-race of tenure and be comfortable moving from institution to institution, or skip this expected path and jump into industry.  How should you make such a decision and what factors should you take into account?  What have others who have ...