What can I do with this discipline/major?
For helpful resources on your career opportunities, explore the “What Can I Do with
This Major” guides for biochemistry, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, environmental studies/science, and medicine.
Some common career titles for this major include:
- Biochemists and Biophysicists
- Biological Technicians
- Biomedical Engineers
- Chemical Technicians
- Chemists and Material Scientists
- Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- Computer and Information Research Scientists
- Environmental Scientists and Specialists
- High School Teachers
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- Natural Science Managers
- Postsecondary Teachers
- Quality Control Inspectors
- Technical Writers
- Wholesale and Manufacturing Sales Representatives
- Zoologists and Wildlife Biologists
- Agricultural Chemist
- Animal Scientist
- Aqua Culturist
- Bioinformatics Analyst
- Computational Biologist
- Computational Chemist
- Computational Research Analyst
- Consumer Safety Officer
- Food and Drug Inspector
- Food Chemist
- Food Scientist
- Lab Technician
- Organic Chemist
- Patent Agent
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
- Soil Chemist
- Water Chemist
For additional career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook
for hundreds of occupations, visit the Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Careers in molecular biology, biochem, & bioinfo
Internships and Research Opportunities
Getting applied experience in your field is critical. The following resources will
allow you to learn more about your department’s opportunities and process, as well
introduce you to other major-specific internship posting resources. For more information,
email Dr. Nadim Alkharouf, molecular biology, biochemistry, and bioinformatics (MB3) department internship
Careers and Jobs
The resources below are a starting point for your job search. In addition to making
use of the Internet to do research, we encourage you to talk to people in the fields
you are interested in (don’t forget to use TU’s Tiger Mentor Network) to learn more about specific opportunities and organizations.
Sample Resumes and Interview Questions
For major specific resume samples, we encourage you to look at the Sample MB3 Resume (PDF) in addition to our Sample Resume Database.
Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for the interview,
you’ll also want to review common interview questions (PDF) asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally,
and visit the interview skills section of the Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online
via Big Interview or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.
Common industry related questions
- What influenced you to become a scientist?
- What is your research background to date, including your publications and your experience
in (molecular biology/biochemistry/bioinformatics)?
- What specific techniques have you used for your experiments?
- Every cell in the body contains the whole genome, yet at any given time, most genes
are switched off rather than on. What is the mechanism which determines whether any
particular gene is or isn’t expressed at a particular time?
- What is computational biology?
- Tell us about the different kinds of DNA sequences.
- What technique is used to measure the number of copies of a gene or an RNA molecule
in human tissues?
- What are the limitations of blotting techniques and what alternatives can you suggest?
- Aside from classroom texts and experience, what journals or professional articles
are you currently reading for professional development?
- Give us an example of when you used good judgment and logic to solve a problem.
- There are plenty of times where you will be on a strict deadline to submit proposals
for grant money or to complete an experiment. How would you describe your time management
and organization skills?
- Please discuss your familiarity with lab techniques/instrumentation from lab courses
or internships (i.e., aseptic technique, cell culture, running of various types of
assays, PCR, gel electrophoresis, Western Blotting, DNA/RNA extraction or purification,
HPLC, GC/MS, UV-Vis).
Medical/Dental/Pharmacy School Interview Questions
- What was your favorite class? Least favorite?
- What kind of first impression do you think you make?
- What would you do if you did not get into medicine/dentistry/pharmacy school?
- How would your professor/friend/boss describe you?
- What do you think about managed care?
- Do you see a difference between disease and illness?
- Why medicine/dentistry/pharmacy?
- What qualities make a good doctor/dentist/pharmacist?
- Who is your role model?
- What is the number one problem in the world today?
- Tell us about a time you dealt with criticism. How did you deal with it?
- What do you dislike about the field of medicine/dentistry/pharmacy?
- Are you a leader or a follower?
- Tell us what you know about current ethical issues/trends in the field (importing
drugs, affordability, selling meds with alcohol and tobacco, etc.).
- What are your short-term and long-term goals?
- Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
- Do you think your test scores would reflect your true abilities?
- What do you think will be the most challenging aspect of medical/dental/pharmacy school?
- If you had all the resources in the world to do whatever you wanted for one weekend,
what would you do?
- Describe the research you have done in your field.
- Tell us what you know about the Affordable Care Act.
- In your opinion, what is the state of medical care in the U.S.? What’s the number
one problem? What would you do to fix it?
- How do you handle stress/relax?
- Is there anything related to the field of medicine/dentistry/pharmacy you feel you
would not be good at?
- Tell me about a time you dealt with criticism? How did you deal with it?
- Why our school?
- Why should we admit you?
- If you were a drug, what would it be?
- Are you comfortable coming into contact with people with infectious diseases?
- Would you fulfill a prescription for drugs used for euthanasia?
- If a friend of yours was dating a person you knew to be HIV positive (perhaps based
on the prescriptions he/she was taking), what would you do?
- What place does religion have in healthcare?
- If you found out that a mother of a child asthma patient was smoking around the child,
what would you do?
- Pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals who earn a living selling a product.
What do you think about that?
Professional associations offer many benefits to students, often including reduced-price
membership, mentorship programs, “careers in…” information, job and internship listings,
field-related conferences and publications, and much more. Be sure to check out sections
on the associations’ websites related to students, education, careers, etc.
Related TU Student Organizations
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