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    Oct 01, 2012 1:27 AM GMT


    Hey guys. So i'm about to finish my masters of physiology and am not exactly sure what i'd like to do with my life- career wise. Was going to go into physical therapy and had a change of heart, doing this masters now and I need a game plan.

    I've been doing some looking around online at potential job possibilities, and figure i'd ask here as some of you are already in science and health related positions.

    I am thinking of going into Pharmaceutical sales, or becoming a research associate (not getting a phd.. want to be done with school). Im not sure if i'd really 100% love either of those, but i haven't first hand seen what they really entail.


    So if anyone has some advice or experience with either, want to suggest another possible avenue, or just want to comment, i'd love to hear from ya.

    Thanks
    ~Z

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    Oct 01, 2012 2:34 PM GMT
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    Sorry. I don't have any useful info. But it seems to me that you're having difficulty choosing between the academic aspect and practical aspect of your field, right?
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:30 PM GMT
    I have meet a bunch of Pharmaceutical salespeople at the hospitals I have worked at over the years, and they all seem to love their jobs! They get to travel for free (some travel internationally, if you get to that level). They say they meet great people and enjoy every second of it. They also get paid well, also some even get company cars and cell phones!

    But I think if you go into that, you should take some pharmacy classes. They can be a bitch but they will help you in the long run! Feel free to e-mail me on here if you have any specific questions, I did go to a Pharmacy college and have some knowledge on the subject =P

    Good luck!!!!
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    Oct 01, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Well I like being able to work with people and enjoy conversation - which would be great for sales. as i feel with research, i'd be stuck at a lab bench.

    and thankfully my science background helps with the pharmacology aspect of the job. I got the science down icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    You probably wouldn't be able to get a PhD anyway. Close to 100% of PhD people are from other countries. Americans aren't smart enough.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
    Move to Texas so I can play with your ridiculously cute puppy.
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    Oct 02, 2012 2:06 AM GMT
    zsocerstar saidWell I like being able to work with people and enjoy conversation - which would be great for sales. as i feel with research, i'd be stuck at a lab bench.

    and thankfully my science background helps with the pharmacology aspect of the job. I got the science down icon_smile.gif


    Then you will enjoy pharmaceutical sales. One of my friends went into sales with only a partly completed nursing school background and isn't looking back. The pay is excellent and he gets a company car. Might limit where you can choose to live however.
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    Oct 02, 2012 4:02 AM GMT

    Well i'll have to put some more pics up of me and the pup for sure then icon_smile.gif. and wont rule texas out, though leaning towards cali

    but yea I'm thinking i'd like the social aspect of the job, but its again a sales job. I don't think i'd take the rejection part too well, and also feel i wouldn't but utilizing my education to the fullest (as plenty of pharm sales reps don't even have a science background).

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    Oct 02, 2012 4:25 AM GMT

    Do something that makes you happy.

    No seriously...

    Dogwalker perhaps?

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    Oct 02, 2012 4:33 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidYou probably wouldn't be able to get a PhD anyway. Close to 100% of PhD people are from other countries. Americans aren't smart enough.


    Aint that the truth! 80% of my lab is from Germany, China, or Taiwan. And they are harder working too. Oh well, time to start networking so I'll have a job once one of those countries takes over the world.
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    Oct 02, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
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    paulflexes saidYou probably wouldn't be able to get a PhD anyway. Close to 100% of PhD people are from other countries. Americans aren't smart enough.


    Aint that the truth! 80% of my lab is from Germany, China, or Taiwan. And they are harder working too. Oh well, time to start networking so I'll have a job once one of those countries takes over the world.


    Really in my graduating class, all the PhDs were born in America (of course only 4 graduated that year)
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    Oct 02, 2012 4:40 AM GMT
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    SIRT1 said
    paulflexes saidYou probably wouldn't be able to get a PhD anyway. Close to 100% of PhD people are from other countries. Americans aren't smart enough.


    Aint that the truth! 80% of my lab is from Germany, China, or Taiwan. And they are harder working too. Oh well, time to start networking so I'll have a job once one of those countries takes over the world.


    Really in my graduating class, all the PhDs were born in America (of course only 4 graduated that year)


    Well yeah we have a bunch of American PhD students in my class too (especially since UCSF doesn't really give fellowships to international students).
    But it seems like the majority of post-docs or professors are from other countries.
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    RadRTT said
    SIRT1 said
    paulflexes saidYou probably wouldn't be able to get a PhD anyway. Close to 100% of PhD people are from other countries. Americans aren't smart enough.


    Aint that the truth! 80% of my lab is from Germany, China, or Taiwan. And they are harder working too. Oh well, time to start networking so I'll have a job once one of those countries takes over the world.


    Really in my graduating class, all the PhDs were born in America (of course only 4 graduated that year)
    That surprises me almost as much as the sun coming up tomorrow morning. Actually it's a bit more surprising. The sun is more of a given. An American getting a PhD is akin to finding the edge of the universe with binoculars.
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:05 AM GMT

    Lol@ PhD Comments..

    Who needs one?

    What's this academic snobbery all about ? icon_razz.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    tanlejos said
    Lol@ PhD Comments..

    Who needs one?

    What's this academic snobbery all about ? icon_razz.gif
    Some of my best friends (including my bf) have PhD's. None of them are from the US. icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:11 AM GMT
    ^^ Well if I decide to get my PhD. I'll take a pic and prove to you we Americans can do it....icon_cool.gif (Probably wont happen, I hate school)
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:14 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    tanlejos said
    Lol@ PhD Comments..

    Who needs one?

    What's this academic snobbery all about ? icon_razz.gif
    Some of my best friends (including my bf) have PhD's. None of them are from the US. icon_lol.gif


    Have you a gentlman friend now Pauly?

    I've been away from Realjock too long it seems! ..
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:26 AM GMT

    i think the american's getting phd's (or idea that they dont) really depends on where school is located, and what fields they specialize in. There are plenty american phd's still here. Saying they are all from other countries is stupid.
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
    tanlejos said
    paulflexes said
    tanlejos said
    Lol@ PhD Comments..

    Who needs one?

    What's this academic snobbery all about ? icon_razz.gif
    Some of my best friends (including my bf) have PhD's. None of them are from the US. icon_lol.gif


    Have you a gentlman friend now Pauly?

    I've been away from Realjock too long it seems! ..
    My bf (seeing him for over 1 year) is a college administrator. Admittedly not monogamous, but he's my primary bf. icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:46 AM GMT
    Once you finish your masters , work take a break travel, you're what 24? work save up some $$$$ travel , enjoy your 20's

    then apply for med school and become a doctor
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:51 AM GMT

    i thought about MD.. and realized i maybe should have taken that avenue earlier in life. but i'm pretty much done with school after this. But we'll see
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    Oct 02, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    cupidgotshot saidOnce you finish your masters , work take a break travel, you're what 24? work save up some $$$$ travel , enjoy your 20's

    then apply for med school and become a doctor
    I have absolutely no respect for med docs who are in it for the money. Those are the ones with the most malpractice suits against them. icon_wink.gif