Careers: Non-Academic

Non-Academic Research Options 

Love research, but not sure about academia? You're in luck! There are lots of options for research careers. We've outlined a few below. 

There are also a number of other additional resources available for exploring non-academic career options: 
  • The JHMI Professional Development Office (website): provides resources, workshops, talks, and one-on-one meetings on many topics related to diverse science careers, including (but not limited to) exploring diverse careers, identifying transferable skills, resume writing, and more.
  • Versatile PhD (website): an online community dedicated to discovering, exploring, and discussing non-academic career options in science; includes online forums, opportunities to learn about discipline-specific diverse careers, explore job openings that target PhDs, network with successful PhDs nationwide, and more. Access through your affiliation with Hopkins using your JHED (access here)! 


Pharma Research

Science Magazine has created a content collection for Pharma research with links to many relevant articles.

What's nearby?

List of Pharma Companies in MD


BioTech Research

Maryland Biotech Blog

Government Research

Working for the United States federal government is becoming an attractive career for many PhDs. The technical and analytical skills one acquires during their experience as a graduate student and postdoc can be applied to government jobs at agencies such as: The Food and Drug Administration, Department of Defense, and Department of Energy.


http://www.usajobs.gov/ lists all current job openings for many of these agencies. Searching for jobs using a scientific discipline like “molecular biology” will show current federal government positions which require those specific scientific skills. Application instructions are given within each job notice. However, many of these government jobs require or prefer a candidate who has experience working within the federal government or with a government contractor. So how does one go about getting experience if many entry level positions require previous experience? Applying for one of the many federal government fellowships available for PhDs is one answer. These different fellowships which most postdocs are eligible to apply for, help postdocs transition their career from the bench to working in the federal or local government.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) offers a two year fellowship program for scientists to gain training and experience working in various offices within the FDA.