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Physics Career options for Biophysics major?

  1. Dec 18, 2012 #1
    This is another one if those "if I do this then what can I do" type question.

    If I go into graduate school for Biophysics and earn a PhD, what type of career can I expect?

    Would it just be restricted to academia? Would I have to stick with being a post-doc for a long time? Biophysics heavily uses numerical methods and computations (relative to other subjects I believe), could these skills be used and more importantly recognized by other employers?

    Any answer is helpful really.

    Thanks in advance.
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  3. Dec 18, 2012 #2
    Have you considered bioinformatics? I looked into it a while back, it's relevant to many fields of biology such as analyzing protein structure, evolution, genetics, biochemical interactions, and large-data analysis.
  4. Dec 18, 2012 #3


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    The biophysics people I knew mostly went into pharmacokinetic modeling in the pharmaceutical industry.
  5. Dec 19, 2012 #4
    Interesting. Had no idea about this.

    But I guess my main question would be this: if I went and got a PhD in Biophysics or a related field that is heavily reliant on computations (ie. Computational Physics), then would the computational skills learned doing this give me an edge in employment?
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