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Careers Beyond Medicine

Biotech & Life Sciences Industry

Biotechnology harvests biological processes to create technology that improves human health and the health of our planet. According to the Biotech Innovation Organization, biotechnology provides breakthrough products and technology to heal the world, fuel the world and feed the world. 

“Biotech provides products to combat debilitating and rare diseases, reduce our environmental footprint, feed the hungry, use less and cleaner energy, and have safer, cleaner and more efficient industrial manufacturing processes.” The healthcare field, in particular, benefits from novel drug discoveries and manufacturing. The 2019 California Life Sciences Industry Report provides an exciting outlook of the booming biotech hub in California. Jobs in biotech and life sciences are vast and include Research & Development scientists, manufacturing engineers, clinical trial managers, regulatory affair specialists, medical affair specialists, business project managers, global supply chain managers, etc.

Quick Facts: Biomedical Engineers

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

$88,550 per year 
$42.57 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

None

On-the-job Training

None

Number of Jobs, 2016

21,300

Job Outlook, 2016-26

7% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2016-26

1,500

Associations

Biomedical Engineering Society

Prerequisites

Each college or university has specific requirements for applying to their Masters programs. Graduate programs in public health generally take up to two years.

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Resources

Public Health

Public health focuses on creating good health in the local community, state or nation through education, research, and promoting overall improvement of human life. People who work in public health may concentrate on disease control, prevention or awareness.

There are many career opportunities and fields of study such as epidemiology and research, global health, health policy, medical practice, nutrition, communication, environmental health, and public health education. By pursuing a public health degree students will gain analytical skills, policy development experience, leadership and systems skills, as well as cultural competency. Public health degree options include a Master of Public Health (MPH) OR Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), a Ph.D. in Public Health, or a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH).

Quick Facts: Epidemiologists

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

$69,660 per year 
$33.49 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Master's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

None

On-the-job Training

None

Number of Jobs, 2016

6,100

Job Outlook, 2016-26

9% (As fast as average)

Employment Change, 2016-26

500

Associations

American Public Health Association 

Prerequisites

Each college or university has specific requirements for applying to their Masters programs. Graduate programs in public health generally take up to two years.

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Resources

Health Administration

Healthcare administrators are individuals who care for people, but function on the business end of patient care, with roles in leadership, management or administration of medical facilities. Healthcare administrators generally have a diverse set of skills and responsibilities such as managing staff, finance, public relations, patient rights, long-care administration, healthcare policy, health information management and more. 

There are many opportunities in health administration which include hospital administration, health insurance and Consulting. People who work in healthcare administration generally work in hospitals, health departments, nursing homes, health insurance companies, medical consulting firms, and pharmaceutical companies. Degree options include a Masters of Healthcare Administration or Master of Business Administration.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states health manager careers should grow 17 percent through 2026, which is much faster than average. The median annual salary for healthcare administration managers is $96,540.

Quick Facts: Medical and Health Services Managers

Category Details

2018 Median Pay

$99,730 per year 
$47.95 per hour

Typical Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's degree

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Less than 5 years

On-the-job Training

None

Number of Jobs, 2016

352,200

Job Outlook, 2016-26

20% (Much faster than average)

Employment Change, 2016-26

72,100

Prerequisites

Each college or university has specific requirements for applying to their Masters programs. Graduate programs in public health generally take up to two years.

Entrance Exams

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Resources