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Career Options - Reference Books and Links

Career Development in Bioengineering and Biotechnology

by Guruprasad Madhavan Barbara Oakley, Luis Kun (Editors)
Springer 2008
Suitable for undergraduates and graduate students. Provides good coverage of traditional as well as alternative careers in bioengineering and biotechnology. Includes perspectives from different parts of the world.

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development
by Toby Freedman
CSHL Press, 2008
Suitable for undergraduates, graduate students, and post-docs. Provides an industry overview, as well as discussion of a range of career opportunities in biotechnology and drug development companies.

Environmental Careers
Green Jobs
by James P Hendrix
Adams Media, 2008
Good coverage of the green movement and education and training needed to get a green job.

For PhDs
Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond
by Patricia A. Gosling, Bart D. Noordam
Springer, 2006
Suitable for graduate students; covers entire graduate school career.

A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide To Survival In Science

by Peter J. Feibelman
Perseus Books, 1993
Suitable for graduate students and post-docs. Published in 1993, but still contains useful advice on choosing a thesis advisor, postdoctoral position, as well as career development topics culminating with establishing a research program.

Jobs in Industry
Best Places to Work in Industry 2011
by Hannah Waters
The Scietist, Faculty of 1000

The Corporate America Survival Handbook: A Cornucopia of Essential Information
by Atul Uchil, PhD
Outskirts Press, 2005
Not specifically targeted at scientists, but provides good overview of management consulting and the business environment. It has received excellent reviews.

Secrets to Success in Industry Careers: Essential Skills for Science and Business

by L. Borbye
Academic Press, 2008
Targeted at scientists; suitable for graduate students and post-docs.

Job Search
The Academic Job Search Handbook

by Julia Miller Vick, Jennifer S. Furlong
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008
Not focused specifically on scientific fields, but provides comprehensive information on planning, timing, and executing an academic job search, as well as guidance on issues that arise after one takes a job in academia. Also includes sections on dual-career couples, international scholars, and similar topics.

The Chicago Guide to Landing a Job in Academic Biology
by C. Ray Chandler, Lorne M. Wolfe, Daniel E. L. Promislow
University of Chicago Press, 2007
Covers the academic job market, choosing a graduate program, job search, interview process, and family issues, such as dual-career couples.

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Top 25 Oddball Interview Questions Of 2010

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Non-Traditional Careers
Alternative Careers For Scientists
by Suzanne Kennedy in Careers

Alternative Careers in Science, Second Edition: Leaving the Ivory Tower
by Cynthia Robbins-Roth
Elsevier, 2006
Covers alternative careers in the publishing/information, financial, and corporate worlds. Author was a Ph.D. biomedical researcher who left academia to work for Genentech.

Creating Alternatives in Science
by Nicloe G. Gravagna
J Commer Biotechnol. 2009 April 1; 15(2): 161-170

Guide to Non-Traditional Careers in Science: A Resource Guide for Pursuing a Non-Traditional Path
by Karen Y Kreeger
Taylor & Francis, 1999
Somewhat dated, but still contains valuable advice about changing careers.

PhD [alternative] Career Clinic

by Jane Y. Chin, PhD

Jobs in the Drug Industry: A Career Guide for Chemists
by Richard J. Friary
Academic Press, 2000
Primarily targeted at organic chemists, but includes a nice profile of the pharmaceutical industry.

Understanding Pharma: A Primer on How Pharmaceutical Companies Really Work
by John J. Campbell
Pharmaceutical Institute, 2007
Comprehensive coverage of the industry, from discovery to distribution.

Resumes and CVs
The Global Resume and CV Guide
by Mary Anne Thompson
John Wiley & Sons, 2000
Provides information on 40 different countries, including the U.S.

How To Write A Better CV
by Matt Krause

How to Write a CV that Works

Resumes for Science Careers
by Editors of VGM Career Books
McGraw-Hill, 2007
Covers elements, writing, and layout of resumes, and cover letters.

Science Careers
The Chicago Guide to Your Career in Science: A Toolkit for Students and Postdocs
by Victor A. Bloomfield, Esam E. El-Fakahany
University of Chicago Press, 2008
Focuses on a research career. Suitable for graduate students, and post-docs.

Women in Science
Athena Unbound: The Advancement of Women in Science and Technology
by Henry Etzkowitz, Carol Kemelgor, Brian Uzzi
University of Cambridge, 2007
Discusses the "leaky pipeline" of women in science, from a variety of perspectives.

Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists

by Ellen Daniell
Yale University Press, 2006
Stories of a group of women scientists who gathered on a regular basis to discuss their professional and personal lives.

Mama, PhD: Women Write About Motherhood and Academic Life

by Elrena Evans (Author, Editor), Caroline Grant (Editor)
Rutgers University Press, 2008
PhDs from many disciplines relate their experiences as mothers and academicians.

Removing Barriers: Women in Academic Science, Technology, Engineering, And Mathematics
by Jill M. Bystydzienski, Sharon R. Bird (Editors)
Indiana University Press, 2006
Covers history of women in STEM fields, barriers to success, feminist study of scientific practice, and suggestions for remedy and change.

The Science Glass Ceiling
by Sue V. Rosser
Routledge, 2004
Stories of the intertwining of professional and personal career paths of 400 women who received NSF POWRE awards.

Success Strategies for Women in Science: A Portable Mentor

by Peggy A. Pritchard
Elsevier, 2006
Career management for women in science, from practical issues such as living and working abroad, to emotional issues, such as mental toughness. Although many women's careers share common themes, each has its own individual twists.

Work Life Balance
Mothers on the Fast Track: How a New Generation Can Balance Family and Careers
by Mary Ann Mason, Eve Mason Ekman
Oxford University Press, 2007
Discussion of women with families choosing "second tier" positions within or allied with their profession. Such positions represent a viable alternative to the fast track.

The Myth of Work-Life Balance: The Challenge of Our Time for Men, Women and Societies
John Wiley & Sons, 2006
by Richenda Gambles, Suzan Lewis, Rhona Rapoport
Looks at challenges that people across the globe face in combining multiple parts of their lives.