Prepare for a Non-Academic Career

Scripps Research trainees pursue a wide variety of rewarding positions. 


Exploring your options
Interested in what you can do with your PhD? Here are sample job titles for life science-trained PhDs:

Pharmaceutical sales/marketing representative Patent agent or patent attorney
Venture capital associate Management consultant
Non-profit/foundation grant administrator Product development scientist
Technology development officer Science write or journalist
FDA reviewer Assistant professor: PUI or teaching college
Data scientist Technical support specialist
Museum/science center director High school teacher
Public relations/communications officer NIH program officer
Community engagement/outreach coordinator Science illustrator
Genetics counselor Regulatory affairs specialist
Medical science liaison Field application scientist
Assistant professor: research university or institute Clinical trials coordinator
Think tank advisor Life sciences librarian
Forensic scientist/investigator Higher education administrator
Public or enviornmental health scientist and more.......

Career exploration tools:

Scripps Research offers numerous courses and workshops to help you improve your professional skills while exploring career paths. Workshops are announced via the CPDO’s weekly email newsletter and social media feeds.

And, to help prepare you for a range of professional endeavors, the Society of Fellows has a tuition reimbursement program that covers the cost of certain professional development courses and networking events.

Postdocs can also audit graduate program courses on a space-available basis.

Exploring Careers with Experiential Learning (ExCEL)

The Career and Professional Development Office has set up a program to give graduate students and postdocs opportunities to explore a variety of career paths. The Exploring Careers with Experiential Learning (ExCEL) program allows participants to meet employers in-person or virtually to gain real-world experience working on representative projects. Each ExCEL visitation experience lasts a half-day to one day and is unpaid.

Goals of the program include: providing trainees with real-world, representative cases/problems to solve re: a particular career path; connecting companies to talented Scripps Research junior scientists; increasing trainee knowledge about a specific career path and company culture; increasing trainee confidence and optimism regarding their career plans; and changing trainee behavior re: their career exploration and job search.

Past ExCEL experiences have included medical science liaison (Teva Pharmaceuticals), patent agent (Ionis Pharmaceuticals), business development (MEI Pharma), technology development (Scripps Research), management consultant (1798 Consultants), and product marketing/market research (Sciencia Consulting).

Applications may be required, and experiences are announced via the CPDO’s weekly email newsletter and social media feeds.

External internship programs
Numerous sites exist to highlight central collections that already exist online.  Sentence about CPDO periodically highlighting internship. 

Before pursuing any formal internship programs, graduate students should review the internship policies for students.

Applying for positions

For assistance with your job search, schedule an appointment with the Career and Professional Development Office 

The Chemistry Department at Scripps Research offers year-round industry recruiting.

Resumes and Cover Letters

Interviews and Negotiation