Potential roles in life science with a Baccalaureate degree and 0-4 years of experience may include:
Laboratory or Research Assistant
This type of position can be found in any of the employment sectors and is typically lab-based. Common tasks include: performing laboratory tasks and experiments under the supervision of other laboratory staff, making and recording detailed observations, analyzing data and interpreting results, maintaining laboratory equipment, and performing inventory.
The purpose of this type of position is to facilitate and develop relationships between scientists and the greater community. This type of position is not typically lab-based and is often found in medical, government, and industry settings. Common tasks include: communicating product-related information to investigators and institutions, providing information on research developments and new concepts in medical treatment, giving perspective to field activities associated with growing existing products, and bringing new products to market.
Quality Control Analyst
Positions in quality control are designed to ensure safety standards are maintained. These positions are most commonly found in government, industry, and healthcare, and are often lab-based. Common tasks include: conducting analysis of raw materials, in-process samples, and finished formulations according to standard operating procedures, calibrating and maintaining chemistry and microbiology lab equipment, and compiling and analyzing data for test procedure documentation.
This type of position is designed to ensure proper processes are documented accurately. Positions such as this are often found in government, industry, healthcare, and academic organizations. Common tasks include: coordinating all activities related to providing required documentation systems and reviewing and revising procedures, specifications, and forms.
Technician (Biological or Chemical)
This type of position is a lab-based entry-level opportunity often found in industry or government. Common tasks include: assisting scientists who conduct medical research, helping develop and manufacture medicinal and pharmaceutical preparations, analyzing organic substances, and conducting chemical or physical lab tests.
Environmental Health Specialist
This type of position may be lab or field-based and is often found in government, academic, and industrial organizations. Common tasks include: conducting research or performing investigations for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. They may also collect, synthesize, study, report, and take action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.
Positions in the field of biology and life science are posted on an as needed basis. Typically, organizations recruit for entry level positions most heavily in September – October and again in February – March.
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