Post # 1
i am graduating soon with a BS in biochem and nutrition and I was wondering if anyone had any job ideas for me? I would love to do lab work but that usually doesnt pay much with just a BS. Any adivce?
edit: I am planning on groing to grad school for PA…eventually but money is the issue lol i dont want to be in debt forever so in the mean time i need some work
Post # 3
You can defer your student loans while you’re in grad school. PA money is so much better than anything you’d make now, you’ll be able to pay them off quickly after you graduate. Plus higher earnings sooner = more lifetime earnings. Why “waste” time earning just enough to pay your loans off before starting over again? If you want to go to PA school, go for it now! Good luck, bee. 🙂
Post # 4
Lokie85 : Unforantely, this is true. But, many univesrities offer lab jobs, and teaching assistant jobs to help you get through.
Post # 5
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I have a BA in biology. Then I went for my masters in biomedical sciences. And now I’m in medical school. Unfortunately, doing a science degree in undergrad pretty much puts you into 2 categories after graduation (if you want to stay in your field); research or medicine (PA, CRNP, MD, DO, etc.).
Post # 6
I’m a medical laboratory scientist in a hospital. I love my job and I make decent money. Lab work pays well if you’re in the right place. Research and reference labs don’t pay as well as hospital labs. Depending on where you live, you may need certification. So going back to school is probably your best bet.
Post # 7
I got a BSc in biology and went promptly to get my masters- now it’s in a totally different field than you (environmental/fisheries biology), but I found there wasn’t much out there for me without my masters. If you are planning on going to grad school I say do it! You can defer your loans and have better earning potential when you are done.
Post # 8
I got a B.Sc. in Neuroscience… I’m now a junior investment advisor. I have to echo other bees in saying you should continue your education, unfortunately. Science degrees are apparently useless (learned this the hard way).
Post # 9
KhaleesiStormborn : how did you manage that with your degree?
Post # 10
Go for The PA now. My fiancé and many other friends found out that their biology degrees are completely useless unless you plan to go to professional school. Don’t put it off because you are scared of the price tag. Most medical professionals bite the bullet and go to school (me being one of them graduating with ~$300k in debt 😭) You won’t regret it when you are financially stable and happy and are enjoying your life 🙂
just live below your means and don’t accrue any other debt while in school.
Post # 11
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mrsoreo2b : I’m going to second this. I’ll have $200K-$300K in debt JUST From my medical degree at a private medical school. But you have choices to get rid of your debt! There are hospitals in rural and inner city areas that will pay off your debt if you work for them for a certain amount of years. I’ll be 29 when I finish my degree and then I have additional 3-5 years for my residency. My advice is to start your PA degree as soon as possible so you can get it done while you’re still young.
Post # 12
cheetolover1028 : Something outside of the medical field may be food science or food chemisty. One of my roomates from college went into that field with just bacherlor’s. She eventually went back for her master’s so she could move up but she made OK money with just her BS.
Post # 13
Are you set on going to PA school? Your debt will occur no matter when you go to professional school, so if there’s not an application issue, you might as well go now instead of waiting.
Were you just brainstorming labwork as a temporary job? If you want a year off for applying, you could probably find a lab job at a university or something. NIH even has postbacc research programs that might appeal to you. If you are a gifted test taker, you could also consider working for kaplan teaching the test.
Post # 14
Gabrielle91 : exactly! There are so many repayment options. I know for one the NHSC caters to PA’s as well for loan repayment/ full tuition scholarships. I’ll be 24 when I graduate dental school and I plan to work in public health for a while to get the bulk of my loans paid off. It’s a fruitful environment ( a lot of the times), your loans get paid, you still get a full salary and full benefits including 3 month maternity leave.
OP there are lots of options if you really don’t want to pay your loans yourself. Do some research on loan repayment programs and scholarships. You might find some you love. But use your youth to your advantage 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL
If you could get into a biochem research program (PhD track), you’ll most likely receive paid tuition and a full stipend. That’s if you want to commit 4+ years of your life to focused biochem research… (current grad student trapped in grad school purgatory). Biochem crossing over into drug development is a hot area with high earning careers after graduation.