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What career options are available when studying biomed?

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From my perspective, there are these 2 categories: biomed related and non biomed related. For the first one, if you’re interested in seeing patients, you can consider pursuing postgrad medicine. If you would like to do research and academia, you can consider taking up a PhD after your undergrad and proceed into a post doctoral position at a research lab and so on. I guess the best way to determine if you like this is to try out research during your summer break to see if this is something you can do for the long term. Teaching is also an option. Otherwise, you can join the firms that aid researchers by developing kits with higher yields or sequencing of DNA sequences etc etc. For biomed unrelated paths, the possibilities are endless. Many jobs do not require a specific degree. Banking and consulting are among the most common, but again, build up your CV for these during your uni years by applying for an internship or 2. In fact, having a specialised knowledge of the biomed field, along with the skills a scientist typically possesses, can offer you an advantage in some instances. Alternatives also include marketing jobs, Human Resources (HR). In these cases, your actual degree is probably less important than the other things you did during university, your experience in the industry.

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An obvious route people go down is medicine or dentistry as a post grad degree option after completing the course. This requires going through the application process again. Non-vocational jobs from biomed are endless but a lot of people go into research and focus on the science behind medicine. From developing drugs to looking into diseases, having a job in research is very broad and the options vary greatly. You could become a teacher or you could study further and become a lecturer or professor. The options aren't limited and there are hundreds of jobs I've missed!

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Sanaa Badat

An obvious route people go down is medicine or dentistry as a post grad degree option after completing the course. This requires going through the application process again. Non-vocational jobs from biomed are endless but a lot of people go into research and focus on the science behind medicine. From developing drugs to looking into diseases, having a job in research is very broad and the options vary greatly. You could become a teacher or you could study further and become a lecturer or professor. The options aren't limited and there are hundreds of jobs I've missed!

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