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Hi, I was hoping I could get some input on different career pathways.

Currently I am looking at studying a Masters coursework in either biochemistry, molecular biology or biotechnology and have a few questions (my Bachelor is in Exercise Science. I don't like the Masters of Clinical Exercise Science program which is offered in Australia, and also want to diversify my skills).

In your opinion, which one of these three fields has the best job prospect, or best future for progress/promotion and opportunity? I have searched many job sites but can't find too many jobs specifying these job titles (obviously I am reading through this forum also).

What are the practical differences between biotechnology and molecular biology? I was told that biotechnology is more industry applied, and molecular biology is more research based. Is this accurate? I've read the actual definitions, but still am having trouble conceptualising this, and what I would be doing in either field, or where I be working.

I have emailed several faculty staff members at numerous universities but most come back with fairly ambiguous descriptions of what you will end up doing in either of the three industries. I was hoping to work more in some human/medical area, rather than plants.

Any advice or input is appreciated, thanks
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Biotech is like applied genetics, you are using known tools to make targeted biomolecules.

Molecular Biology is more research based and you look for the how and function of biomolecules.

In the lab for a masters (If you go into a lab) you will be exposed to the same/similar techniques. It's the focus that is different.
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As far as career goes, research tends to hire cheap-hands, so not much money there unless you have a PhD and a track record of publications or patents.

Biotech companies tend to have a burn rate and they spend good amounts of money rushing to produce products and test their profitability/marketability---so you can make money if you can keep up with the pace and manage the infamous "managers" in the industry.
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Finally my advice, off the cuff, is to make your Exercise Science (not sure what that entails exactly) into a practical Physiology-Background(a lot of mol bio/genetics people lack this) and couple that with Biotech, and try to carve a niche explaining/marketing expert advice on how new "biotech" products are the new blockbuster drug/personalized medicines. You can use that as an angle to get into production/lab or management/sales, whatever. But you do need an angle.
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Hi I'm doing B.Sc. Biotech,Biochem. Could any seniors guide me what fields are good to enter into research? And why you would recommend them? What about Medical Biotechnology, Cancer biology or Biochemistry? Is there good scope of career growth if I do a Masters in one of these 3?
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Thanks for that danfive, it was very interesting and helpful.
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Career Opportunities as a Master of Science MS

* Scientist
* Engineer
* Science Consultant
* Medical Scientist
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Check out this blog! It talks about alternative careers in science: biocareeradvice.blogspot.com
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hi!

The best field is Computer Science, i suggest to choose it.....
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