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McMaster Life Science

There are mixed reviews about Mcmaster Life Science, but I just want to know about the career options with just a life science degree. I know in this time and age a masters degree is advisable, but if I were to stop with a life science degree, is there anything I could do? I heard life science is very general, and there’s not much to do after that, so can someone clarify if that is true? Besides internships and coops, after life sciences do I have a wide career choice?

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  1. Even with a MSc in life sci, there’s very little you can do. You need a PhD to become a researcher or work in academia. This isn’t a vocational program.

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    • oh alright, makes sense. and by any chance do you know if there are alot of coop and internship programs? things that the school helps us to find.

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      • I was going to respond with a snarky response, but since you sound genuine and confused, I’ll be real. A life science degree and most other undergraduate science degrees are heavily focused on theory and research. The entry level job market is not focused on theoretical knowledge and research, but rather practical applied skills and knowledge. This is why many college and apprenticeship grads do well. Our economy is service-oriented, so if you want to know about career options, you just have to ask yourself – what service am I providing a future employer or customer with a life science or human biology degree? Am I qualified enough to work in these roles in comparison to people with doctorates?

        Jobs are mostly in business, engineering, information technology, computer science, etc. Coop or not, you will have a difficult time with a life sci degree in the job market. You really should not waste money and time pursuing such a degree if you have no future plans with it that involves more school.

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  2. Your best bet is to reach out to Mac’s Life Sci program coordinators or Mac’s career services and ask them what prior Life Sci grads are going into. They can offer the best opinion about what your options are, and if any further education or training is needed.

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